With 130 landscaped acres, an indoor arena, and an expansive outdoor arena, Rooker Training Stable has room for aspiring steed whisperers of all ages, experience levels, and disciplines. During each one-hour lesson, experienced instructors and friendly stallions instill apprentice jockeys with the confidence and know-how to connect with their equine companions without morphing into centaurs. In addition to a solid grounding in trotting tactics, students absorb the fundamentals of grooming and tacking horses pre- and post-riding. Groupon holders can request to take lessons with others, but each rider must have her or his own Groupon.
The experienced instructors at Haverhill Farms forge respectful bonds between humans and horses while cultivating basic riding skills. Situated on 35 acres of windswept meadows and serene forests, Haverhill Farms welcomes riders of all skill levels for year-round use of its facilities. Two large outdoor and two indoor rings set the stage for professional instruction, which ranges from beginning horsemanship lessons to advanced jumping and dressage. The indoor rings feature heated observation rooms, giving onlookers a great vantage point from which to observe teachers demonstrating how to control the steed's stride and speed. Students also learn proper horse care, as well as how to use tongue clicks to signal sightings of undercover donkeys in search of work.
Though dogs and humans have very different grooming needs, many dog salons still use tools such as bath tubs and barber shears to clean up pups. The team at Noble Dog Shoppe and Spa, however, cater to the needs of their canine clients by using easy walk-in baths, fur-specific shampoos, and cage-free suites for dogs awaiting their treatments. The trained staff specializes in breed-specific cuts, but can also customize a dog’s look, creating close-cropped looks that shed less or mohawks that add a punk-rock aesthetic to family greeting-card photos. Whether staff are merely clipping nails or completing a full grooming with haircut, bath, and hydro-massage, dogs are pampered with personalized attention. Outside the grooming area, the staff has curated a selection of dog clothes, all-natural treats, and stuffing-free toys that keep pets occupied after grooming sessions.
The stylists at The Color Room Salon have seen it all. Failed bleach jobs and uneven highlights are no match for these experts, who specialize in corrective color. They rely exclusively on naturally-derived Aveda products, whether they're cleaning up color mistakes, touching up roots, or camouflaging grays on men, women, or self-conscious koalas. Besides bathing strands in new hues, the team at The Color Room Salon adds rainbow bursts to fingers and toes with nail enhancements and durable shellac polish.
Inside a spacious 6,000-square-foot facility, Christine Fox, a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and her staff provide training, daytime and overnight boarding, and grooming services for dogs of all shapes and sizes. Daycare and overnight-boarding services provide canines with ample indoor play areas and individual walks, during which a trainer reinforces basic commands, such as “come,” “heel," and “stop leaving the toilet seat up.” Multiple exercise sessions also teach socialization techniques, wearing pups out for tranquil rides home. The facility also houses separate areas for small and senior dogs to ensure places for them to play safely.
During group training sessions, canines learn basic etiquette, such as to come when called and how not to pull on the leash. Dogs can also go on to learn more advanced commands, graduating to agility training or acting classes to teach them how to obey commands in busy film studios. Individual training sessions offer one-on-one attention, either in the home or at the facility.
Cedar Creek Veterinary Clinic's compassionate animal physicians treat all manner of faithful pet patients with kindness and care. Dog and cat examinations encompass thorough routine physicals ($37.50) whereas exotic-creature exams ($42) treat less-ordinary comrades including birds, reptiles, ferrets, and rabbits trapped within magicians’ hats. A host of bug-fighting vaccinations ($11–$22) combat furball ailments, and fecal exams check for the presence of harmful intestinal parasites ($19.50). Pet microchip installation ($36) keeps track of furry pals prone to wandering off in search of bacon-scented postal workers.