Important Information

Bear Paw Barn is private property and closed on Sundays. If you would like to visit the barn for information regarding boarding, training or lessons, please schedule an appointment for your tour. All visitors must sign release forms and be accompanied by staff.

Bear Paw Barn is a small, private facility offering horse boarding, dressage training, and horsemanship. Horses are individually turned out 24/7/365 with access to a run-in shed. Upon arrival, we assess your horses condition and dietary needs and introduce them to a customized premium feeding program and make supplement suggestions, if necessary.

Located at Daniels Farm, a 30 acre former dairy farm in the South end of Middletown, CT. The Bear Paw Barn facility is composed of 7+ acres of turnout and arena space, abuts 22 acres of conservation land and miles of nearby trails. Parking available for trailers.

Contact us today for a personalized visit.

Bear Paw Barn LLC.
Amy Gardner Anderson
Middletown, Connecticut


Grain and hay are fed 2-3x daily with fresh water always available. Each day your horse will be checked over for lameness or injury and blanketed or fly sprayed, as needed. We value quality over quantity and your horse will be getting individual attention each day.

Our training programs are comprehensive from the ground-up to the saddle. We work at the horse’s pace so they are physically fit and happy in their work. Whether your horse needs a tune up or has a significant training issue, we can help you work through it with a plan designed for the horse’s wellbeing.

With indoor and outdoor arenas, miles of trails nearby, a heated bathroom and tack room and over 20 years of experience, Bear Paw Barn has the amenities of a “big barn” with the feel of your own private facility. Online calendar allows you to schedule your arena time and have the ring to yourself! No lesson traffic, no jumps in the way, just you and your horse.

Located 5 minutes from Route 9 at the historic Daniels Farm in Middletown, we’re confident you and your horse will love boarding here!

The Barn:

- Large matted stalls with windows
- 2 water buckets for each horse
- Heated tack room, lounge and bathroom
- Large matted stalls with windows

The Indoor Riding Arena:

- 60x90 Fetterville structure built in 2012
- Sand and rubber dust free footing
- 4 sliding doors

The Outdoor Riding Arena:

- 80x 130 dressage arena
- Well maintained sand and rubber footing
- Lights for evening rides

The Pastures & Paddocks:

- Proven hurricane & blizzard-proof run-in sheds
- 3 board and electric fencing
- Pastures cleaned & graded regularly
- Grass in season

About Bear Paw Barn

Amy Gardner Anderson, manager/owner of Bear Paw Barn, LLC., has been teaching riding to people of all ages and abilities since 1997. In 2007 she became a PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International - formerly NARHA) Advanced Instructor. For four years she managed the selection, training and development of 25 therapy horses at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme, CT. During the winter of 2008/2009 she served as Consulting Barn Manager at Horse Power and Pony Farm in Temple, New Hampshire. There she developed schooling, feeding, record keeping and organizational systems to care for the farm's 35 horses which serve both able-bodied and riders with disabilities.

Prior she worked at several lesson barns as an instructor and barn manager and has served individual clients assisting with training and schooling of their show and pleasure horses. On a trip to Israel in 2007 Amy took lessons with Israel's top Reining rider, for some western experience. In April 2008, Amy joined Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding, continuing to teach riders with disabilities. For her own training and riding education, Amy has ridden with Jill Walter-Robinson, Ann Bowie, Lucinda Greene, Vicki Hammers-O'Neil, Denny Emerson, Ann Guptill. Amy currently trains with Anita Kokoszka.

In 2012, Amy began volunteering her training services to Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue. After they have been evaluated and rehabilitated, she accepts horses from the rescue at Bear Paw Barn for re-training under saddle.

Bear Paw Barn was established in 2009 on the historic Daniels Farm property. A former dairy farm, Daniels Farm is now the 30+ acre home of several small businesses including Bear Paw Barn. The BPB portion of the property is comprised of 8 acres of turnout, an outdoor arena, indoor arena and six stall barn all of which boarders 22 acres of conservation land. BPB has a long term lease agreement with the Daniels Family and looks forward to many more years of working together.