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Kensington Stables (51 Caton Place at E. 8th St, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn; 718-972-4588. Rides $30/hour) offers hour-long trail ride with a dash across Ocean Parkway and into Prospect Park. This is a controlled ride and perfect for beginners.   Take the F train to the Fort Hamilton Pkwy station, the B69 bus to McDonald & Caton Avenues, or the B103 Limited bus to Church Ave & Ocean Pkwy and the stables are a short walk away.

The Forest Equine Center (88-11 70th Road at Sybilla St, Forest Hills, Queens; 718-263-3500. Rides $35/hour, horse rental $35/hour, optional insurance $5) offers the tree-lined horse trails of Forest Park.  Beginners can take it slow, but advanced riders can run around but no galloping.  Take the M train to Metropolitan Avenue and transfer for the Q54 bus.  Take the Q54 to 70th Road and the equine center is a short walk away.

The Pelham Bit Stables/Bronx Equestrian Center (9 Shore Rd at City Island Rd; 718-885-0551. Rides $35 per hour, lessons $40 per hour) offers hour-long trots on the bridle path through scenic forest and marshland inside Pelham Bay Park.  All levels are welcome.  Take the B, D, or 4 train to Fordham Road, the 2 or 5 train to Pelham Pkwy or the 6 train to Pelham Bay Park, and then transfer to the Bx12 bus to Shore Rd & City Island Rd.

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