For centuries, horseshoes have been associated with good fortune, which is why homeowners hang them over doorways and brides lob them at groups of their single friends. Get hitched with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $37 for a one-hour group horseback-riding lesson (a $75 value)
- $37 for a one-hour horseback trail ride for one (a $75 value)
- $69 for a one-hour horseback trail ride for two (a $150 value)
- $136 for a one-hour horseback trail ride for four (a $300 value)
During lessons, riders learn to groom, tack up, and mount and dismount correctly before they learn proper riding techniques. Educational signs posted along trail offer riders interesting facts about the history of horses in Hawaii and the history of Koko Crater.
Trail rides at Koko Crater Stables are offered on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at noon and 1 p.m. Rides commence after a quick 5- to 10-minute lesson. All riders must wear long pants and covered shoes. Helmets will be provided free of charge. Trail-ride groups are limited to six riders.
Koko Crater Stables
Cool, onshore breezes swirl through the banyan trees and botanical gardens that frame Koko Crater Stables, a spacious facility nestled in the crater of a dormant volcano. Head trainer Piet Mathews, who has more than 30 years of experience tucked under his saddle, leads the center's staff, which draws on more than 20 years of equestrian know-how to conduct trail rides, lessons, and camps. In addition to helping riders to earn their spurs, Koko Crater Stables provides boarding services that include bedding, watering, and daily stall cleanings, ensuring four-legged lodgers remain comfortable and aren't tempted to tunnel out and begin new lives as bankers.