What You'll Get
All the coolest people from history have ridden horses: knights, cowboys, the top portions of centaurs. Relive history with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $69 for three private horseback-riding lessons ($150 value)
- $110 for five private horseback-riding lessons ($250 value)
Half-hour private lessons for riders of all experience levels cover English–style riding techniques.
English Horseback Riding: From Cavalry to Country Club
These horseback-riding lessons focus on the English style. Read on to learn more about the style's unique qualities and history.
Though practiced in competition and for pleasure all over the world today, English-style horseback riding originates with the traditions of the European military cavalry. As such, english riders tend to ride horses that are larger than their American counterparts (who mostly practice a style known as Western riding) and trained to be much more obedient—invaluable traits on the battlefield and in the competition arena. Riders traditionally don a hunting cap or helmet, a fitted jacket, breeches, and tall boots before clambering into the saddle—built smaller and lighter than Western saddles to give the horse more freedom of movement and closer contact with the person. Textbook english equestrians sit tall and straight, directly keeping firm control of the horse with the reins. English riders also "post the trot," rising from the saddle slightly to avoid the gait’s often uncomfortable bounces.
The English style appears on the world stage in both judged and nonjudged competition. Depending on the event, riders negotiate a series of balletic movements or obstacles while judges assess the horse’s obedience, responsiveness to the rider’s cues, and agility—attributes that complement the sport’s time-honored emphasis on elegance and decorum. Nonjudged sports include classic horse racing and polo, which uses english tacking and features some elements of the style.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather. Reservation required. Subject to availability. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. not valid for customers who have been to stable in last 3 months. Customers must wear closed toe, hard sole, 1 in. heel shoes and must provide own riding helmet. Not valid for children under 5. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.