Horseback riding replaced horsefront riding during the War of 1812, when American soldiers realized they couldn't be taken seriously while being carried in adult-sized baby slings. Giddy-up like a grownup with today's Groupon: for $26, you get a private, one-hour horseback-riding lesson at Ash Stables, located in Aiken (a $60 value). The horse-whispering cadre of Ash Stables instructors can mold equestrians out of anybody older than 4, from saddle-shy neophytes to galloping gurus. Manager Andrea Sirrenberg Hunt and her team of trotting pedagogues combine modern riding philosophies with the old German schooling techniques that sculpted Andrea's own steed-driving skills. The one-hour session provides private instruction tailored to each rider's preexisting equine knowledge. Beginners will learn basic steed care, tacking, and grooming, plus riding fundamentals such as seat and balance. Lessons are available seven days a week, ensuring ample scheduling opportunities for those booked up with cozier but less exciting sheep-riding lessons.
1065 Colbert Bridge Rd.
Aiken, South Carolina 29803Get Directions