Before man invented horseback riding, he had to settle for cowback riding, which was just another term for sitting on stationary suede rugs. Harness the power of galloping hooves with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a semiprivate horseback-riding lesson at Archway Equestrian Sports (an $85 value) in Bothell.
The USHJA-certified trainers at Archway Equestrian Sports impart to riders of all experience levels (age 7 and older) the kind of equine wisdom that garnered owner and trainer Clare Warren the USHJA's prestigious Affiliate Sportsmanship Award in 2008 for providing riding instruction displaying outstanding horsemanship. In Archway's semiprivate lessons up to three bipeds get the chance to become acquainted with a mane-sporting mammal and, depending on their level of proficiency, take the steed for a walk, trot, canter, or tandem bicycle ride. Lessons take place at Archway's 17-acre facility, which boasts large indoor and outdoor arenas and lush vegetation. Classes last up to an hour, depending on how many students participate, and students are required to bring their own helmets, inch-thick boots, and horse whisperers.
19515 51st Ave. SE
Bothell, Washington 98012