The Ponderaia
Tuesday, July 23, 2024
Where Your Horse can be a Horse
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Welcome to

Where Your Horse can be a Horse!

 Horses are healthy, happy,
sound and sane
when given the choice
. ~ Laine Raia



To introduce adults and young adults to the wonderful world of horses.  To promote understanding of who equines are, how they think, and how they can help us better cope with the stresses of our everyday lives.  By interacting with these unique, perceptive animals and establishing a shared bond, horses can help us build confidence, focus on our inner selves, improve our lives and attain our goals.


The Ponderaia strives to help you meet your specific goals.  See below for what we offer.


Horsemanship Lessons:

Geared toward those not necessarily seeking to ride due to physical or other concerns, but desiring an up close and personal relationship with a horse.  Develop a one-on-one connective bond with an equine built upon awareness, understanding and mutual respect.  Learn to lead, exercise in hand, brush, feed and care for a horse on an up close and personal basis.  Beginning horsemanship lessons are unmounted, but can progress to mounted lessons, sponsoring a Ponderaia horse, or leasing.

Riding Lessons:

  • MA Licensed Riding Instructor #411, LAINE RAIA.  English and Western instruction offered.  (Meet Laine!)


  • Full board facility focusing on the adult rider
  • 24 hour turnout with access to large matted run-in barn or stalls
  • Property monitored by security cameras
  • Perimeter fencing
  • Matted stalls
  • Tack room with microwave, refrigerator, wood stove
  • Direct access to Harold Parker State Forest trail system. 
    Miles of trails!
  • Sand riding ring, lit and dust controlled
  • Exercise track
  • Round pen
  • Permit to ride Crane Beach in season
  • Trailering available


  • Intermediate/Advanced riders considered
  • English/Western tack provided
  • Use of riding ring, round pen, jumps, exercise track, trails, included


To our Boarders, Leasers and students we offer:
  • Beach Rides
  • Moonlight rides
  • Parades:
    • Memorial Day
In the Media:
The Better Business Bureau reviewed the Ponderaia Stables.  Find the Better Business Bureau review here (video of Laine under BBB Accreditation - just click on the photos/video tab).
A special for WCAT-TV on equine parade training was filmed at The Ponderaia.  Ponderaia horses were featured on the opening segment of Verizon's /LCAT-TV’s animal show, MER PET HAVEN, filmed on location at The Ponderaia. 

and BELGIAN HORSES soon followed.  Look for future segments on MER PET HAVEN LCAT-TV coming soon!
If you are interested in what we offer at the Ponderaia, contact us at 978-664-5322 or email us by using the Contact Us link above. 
We are located at 99 Marblehead Street, North Reading, MA

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9:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Friday
9:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday/Sunday