Before man learned to ride horses, Western films ended with cowboys jogging into the sunset. Saddle up with this Groupon.
Choose from Five Options
$130 for four one-hour small-group riding lessons, held over four consecutive weeks (a $260 value)
$300 for five days of riding camp for ages 6–16 on April 1–5 (a $650 value)
$325 for five days of summer riding camp for ages 6–16 (a $650 value). Choose from the following dates:
- June 24–28
- July 8–12
- July 22–26
Camp days for ages 6–16 begin with morning lectures, followed by grooming and tacking instruction. Next, a one-hour group riding lesson warms up saddles, after which riders untack their horses and return them to their stalls. Campers then participate in a horse-centric arts-and-crafts session and eat their lunches before munching on provided snacks and participating in nature activities and a horse-skills lesson. Camps take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.
The four weekly classes, on the other hand, teach a merry band of two to five adult or child saddle sitters aged 6 and older to build a partnership with their mounts. Participating students learn to communicate, pick up essential riding techniques, and discover how to tack and care for the horses.
Willow Pond Ranch
Founded by equine expert Sharon North-Pohl, who draws on more than 20 years of experience in training and rescuing horses, Willow Pond Ranch's trainers provide rich educational experiences during lessons and day camps. At the redwood-ensconced ranch’s riding school, students are matched with one of 17 gentle horses and ponies after instructors consider skill level, personality, and quality of whinny. The covered riding arena enables educational trotting even when rabid snowflakes are on the prowl in the scenic foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, where the horse-rescuing ranch nestles its stables.