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 Blue Point Stables in Kingston. Choose between the following options:
- For $85, you get 5 horseback-riding lessons (a $175 value).
- For $155, you get 10 horseback-riding lessons (a $325 value).<p>
The horses of Blue Point Stables gallop to and fro across the expansive full-service equine facilities, which are laden with green fields, lush trees, and rolling hills. During the one-hour horseback-riding lessons, an expert trainer teaches up to four students at a time, starting with the basics before showing the riders how to jump over a flaming tumbleweed. Blossoming equestrians can saddle the stable’s horses or they can bring their own hoofed mammals to ride while learning savvy horsemanship under the spacious covered arena or on the all-weather surface of the enormous, outdoor horse hippodrome. Throughout the lessons, straphangers might be able to take advantage of more than 150 acres of diverse terrain, which ranges from mowed bridle paths to aggressive mountainsides and naturally occurring equine luge tracks.
Blue Point Stables
At Blue Point Stables, a team led by Master Riding Instructor and 25-year industry veteran Brandy McDonnell offers equine services that range from lessons for people to training for horses. Brandy and company engender a safe and fun environment through positive reinforcement as they teach students the basics of English or Western riding.
Upon arriving for lessons, riders typically get fitted for a helmet and receive some basic instruction on safety before meeting and grooming their equine friend. Next, they’ll hop aboard a noble steed while an instructor coaches proper technique in such aspects as mounting and dismounting, riding aids, and communication with the horse through vocal orders, physical cues, and handwritten post-it notes dangled from a fishing pole.