Horses were once considered man’s best friend, but after the invention of the dog, the horse was rebranded as man’s eccentric, oat-obsessed uncle. Take a journey with the kindest of kinsmen with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a private, one-hour introductory horseback-riding lesson (a $40 value) at Blue Ribbon Riding Academy in Canton.
A 20-acre boarding and riding facility, Blue Ribbon Riding Academy caters to horses and their biped partners year-round with a 21-stall horse barn and lessons for students of all skill levels and ages. Geared toward novice equine enthusiasts, the private introductory lesson schools new riders with necessary horse how-tos. Riders will learn how to properly groom their hoofed friend with a full makeover, then prep the horse with the proper riding costume and accessories. Finally, students will discover how to safely mount their grass-grazing auto alternative before their foray around the ring. After the lesson, horse operators should possess enough talent to advance to a semi-private lesson with similarly skilled riders.