Horsemanship was once a vital skill, much like the ability to avoid sailing off the end of the earth or the ability to discern which pizza trees were poisonous. Master an ancient art of survival with today's Groupon: for $59, you get four private or group horseback-riding lessons at Clear Horizon Horse Ranch in Seguin (a $140 value).
Clear Horizon's certified instructors teach equine enthusiasts of all experience levels honed saddle skills during 45-minute private and group lessons. During each session, riders trot around 14 acres of tranquil bush, ponds, and pastures on a bluff that overlooks the city of Seguin, learning basic skills such as mounting, rein handing, and leaping through hoops of fire. Clear Horizon houses a variety of trusty steeds, fitting each member of the family with a compatible, easygoing palomino pony or a mysterious undercover unicorn.
Horses and riders both find tranquility on Blackrose Stables’ 100-acre grounds, where professional instructors host riding lessons and guided trail hikes. The caring staff tends to boarded horses’ every desire with daily attention, fresh hay, and movie screens playing Seabiscuit on a constant loop. With assistance from the nonprofit Blackrose Equine Rehabilitation and Riding Facility, the staff also nurses injured horses back to health through equine massage, chiropractic care, and other services.