Mounted police opt for equine transportation so they don’t have to deal with the squad car's wailing thirst for gas and justice. Avoid similar automotive appetites with today's Groupon to Summer Wind Stables in Chesterland. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get a horseback-riding lesson package (up to a $50 value).
- For $69, you get three horseback-riding lesson packages (up to a $150 value).
- For $119, you get five horseback-riding lesson packages (up to a $250 value).
- For $10, you get $20 worth of gift-shop items.
Each horseback-riding lesson package includes:
- A group horseback-riding lesson (up to a $40 value).
- A tack lesson (a $10 value).
At Summer Wind Stables, instructors emphasize safety in lessons that provide all equipment. During tack lessons, novice equestrians learn to saddle and bridle a horse, building confidence and comfort before they even mount their steed or invite it over to their house for dinner. Riders continue the sessions until they master Summer Wind’s comprehensive tacking criteria, at which point they’ll be qualified to tack horses unsupervised. Experienced instructors emphasize safe riding skills during group lessons, which teach pupils proper riding technique and how to stick a triple-somersault dismount. Equestrians should wear long pants and closed-toe shoes—bridles, saddle pads, saddles, and ASTM-SEI helmets are provided.
After their lesson, students can unwind in a heated lounge area or peruse the selection at Summer Wind’s gift shop. Painted ponies ($15.99) or Breyer horse figurines ($14.99+) can decorate a kid’s bedroom without leaving hoof prints on the wallpaper. Alternatively, mugs ($12+) or jewelry ($4.99+) make for whimsical gifts.
Summer Wind Stables
The fleet of 14 school horses at Summer Wind Stables allows riders of all skill levels to study and appreciate horsemanship, a subject that encompasses both riding and horse care. Each lesson program is structured so that riders can learn at their own pace as they cover horse-related topics such as grooming, tacking, bathing, and proper riding technique. The stable’s steadfast commitment to safety, which prohibits riding without an approved helmet, enables riders to develop their confidence and assertiveness while practicing in the styles of hunter/jumper, dressage, or eventing. Meanwhile, a staff of active horseback riders mans the shop at Summer Wind Stables, lending advice to those searching for gifts, tack, apparel, or riding accessories.