Where to rent a horse in NYC?

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  1. Hummer macrumors 65816

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    I'm looking to rent a horse to ride on to my prom. I want to be different by not going in a limo, bus, or even horse drawn carriage.

    Oh yea and would anyone happen to know if New York City law prohibits horse back riding on streets?

    If so I could always ride in on a Segway.
     
  2. tMac85 macrumors 65816

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    I think its prob illegal on the streets. but this sounds cool. hope you can pull it off.
     
  3. TEG macrumors 604

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    I think that individual horses may be limited to the NYPD-Mounted Police. I'd suggest a google search or yellowpages.com search on the subject.

    TEG
     
  4. pilotError macrumors 68020

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    There's a riding academy in Brooklyn right off the Belt Parkway. I've seen folks riding in Brooklyn where Atlantic Ave. splits off to the Conduit, so there must be some limited laws that allow it.

    I would look in the yellow pages and call around. I can't imagine it's all that unusual a request.
     
  5. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    At the horse renting store?

    Are you even sure your date likes horses?
     
  6. Hummer thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is that near Sheepshead Bay? If so I know where it is.

    I am going alone.
     
  7. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    Uh, to me that would scream "spoiled rich boy."

     
  8. Hummer thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Does that really?
     
  9. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    Maybe it's just me, but if someone came to prom on a horse alone, it would say "I don't have a date, but I'm rich enough to be able to rent a horse for no reason, so there."

    If you were taking someone, it would be romantic, but by yourself...
     
  10. Hummer thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I never thought about it like that.

    Well anyways, I didn't plan on going in the first place. I thought of the horse idea and I thought for what other occasion would I ever get to go horseback riding on the streets of a city. So currently I'm only going for that reason or the segway if I can't get the horse. After I arrive I'm basically going to sit down and watch the whole thing like I did my elementary school prom.
     
  11. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    Might be a stupid question
    but what were you planning on doing with the horse once you got to your prom. park it? :)
     
  12. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    Are you an experienced rider? If not the whole horse renting thing might just boil down to being down right dangerous. As someone who has ridden for 15+ years I for one think that is a horribly scary idea.
     
  13. Hummer thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I am not experienced, but I think how hard could it be? A bit of a squeeze and I'm off. Some tugging on the reins to turn and stop. I know enough to know that its all in your body positioning.
    I do have till May to practice.

    I'm hoping whoever rented me the horse would want him/her back once I'm done. :p
     
  14. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    You are seriously misinformed. Really, riding in the city is the scariest place for a horse and new rider. Please, do yourself and the possible horse a favor and consider the segway instead.
     
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    Good question.

    Another good question.

    Not experienced. The prom is in 3 months, in the city environment. This is just asking for a problem.

    As someone who grew up riding horses bareback and saddle (Western and English styles), let me just say you don't just get on a horse and ride it. Horses are animals. You need to be able to control them -- especially when they spook, stumble, etc. IMHO, this would not be a good idea.

    BTW, getting thrown from your horse onto concrete in your prom outfit would not be a pleasant experience.

    Suggest you look at something else.
     
  16. Hummer thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I hope you guys realize I'm moving the horse no more than 75 feet from my starting point with it's owner/trainer there to take it back in 10 minutes. (I plan to have him or her escort me as well). I've been to one of those resort/mass attraction horse riding things where they take people who have never been on a horse and take them on a ride while simply walking the horse along.

    Edit: I'm also sure they have horses who are used to the city as New York has Central Park which hosts carriage rides on trafficked roads throughout the park and around the park.

    I hope you don't think I thought I could ride him from my house or somewhere a couple blocks a way to the prom.
     
  17. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    I doesn't matter who is holding on to it or how far you've gone when all your friends run up ooohing and aaaahing, or when the loud music gets to it, or when cars start honking, or when its shoes slip on the concrete if there is a wet spot, or... Do I need to continue? Really, a 1500 pound animal that relies heavily on its flight instinct isn't something for show, especially not in New York city, and especially not with someone who doesn't know anything about horses except that they have four legs and poop.

    Horses on resorts are extensively trained and are always in the same surroundings. They become comfortable with the area and with different people on their backs all the time because it is routine. Riding a horse to a prom isn't routine for an horse or handler, so you will not find the kind of safety that would make this idea realistic.

    Seriously, stick with the segway.

    EDIT: Or go with the carriage horses who are used to the city in that sense. Big difference in that the carriage horses are used to being on the streets. The horses in Central Park are used to bridal paths and experienced riders.
     
  18. alFR macrumors 68020

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    Frankly, if you're going to ride less than a hundred yards with some guy holding the horse for you I think you'll just look stupid. Also, if I were in your position with no partner I'd not bother going and would splash the cash on some tech item instead, but that's just me.
     
  19. smokeyrabbit macrumors 6502

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    Timid rider, abi? Any horse used in NYC is going to be used to all the noise and commotion that you will experience. He's not going to ride a green 3 year old colt from someone's backyard. That said, I think you would rather show up at a prom in a cart rather than in the saddle, just because any girl who rides is going to notice that you don't have a bit of balance and no clue how to ride.

    If you insist on riding, you'll probably want to contact someone who provides animals for theater and performances rather than a riding academy, because those animals tend to be used to crazy stuff.

    EDIT: You know, you could wear a robe and show up on a donkey and hire kids to drop palm branches on the ground in front of you if you want the most attention. Of course, the week after prom you might have some problems... ;)
     
  20. heehee macrumors 68020

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    You might as well rent a Ferrari cause it's going to be expensive. :p Think about it, if you do find someone that rent horses, they have to ship the horse to you from the farm and back, plus the time of the trainer/owner. Also, your training time. My gf is an experienced rider and it's not as easy as it looks. ;)
     
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    Wait, you wanted to ride 75 yards (?) with its owner standing beside you? That's a really bad idea. There's nothing dangerous about it. It's just lame. :eek:

    If you galloped to your high school, got off the horse, and just let it sit there (while the owner came and picked up the horse 2 minutes after you walk into the building), then that would be OK. Being guided on a horseback ride with someone walking beside you is pretty weird.

    The Segway is also not a good idea. What are you going to do with it after you get off?


    Even a skateboard is cooler than a segway or horse.
     
  22. pilotError macrumors 68020

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    Too funny, it does have a little children's party quality to it.

    Yes, the one by Sheepshead bay is what I'm talking about. If anything they could probably give you a lead, or slap you upside the head for even thinking about it.

    Hey if you do it, I want to stop by and video it for all our MacRumors friends!
     
  23. Stampyhead macrumors 68020

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    You'll also smell like a horse when you get there, even if you've only been sitting on it for a few minutes.
     

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