Horses and humans have worked together for centuries, transporting goods, fording rivers, and sharing the blame for the fall of Troy. Bond with the noblest of creatures with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a 2-mile guided horseback tour through Audubon Park from Cascade Stables (a $40 value). All participants must wear a helmet or sign a helmet-refusal waiver. This Groupon is open to those 8 and older.
Cascade Stables' well-versed staff leads small groups of equine enthusiasts (eight people per tour) along guided tours through the picturesque surroundings of Audubon Park. Saunter along sun-soaked trails and under verdant oak trees, glimpsing nearby lagoons as horses narrate the history of the area through four-part neighing harmonies. Riders need to wear flat, closed-toe shoes and are encouraged to don long pants.
Though Cascade Stables opened a new facility in 2006, the center’s rich history of horsemanship and horseback riding dates all the way back to 1981. Over the years, the stable’s instructors have been training fledgling riders in various equestrian techniques, helping youngsters achieve dreams that range from serious, such as competing in officially sanctioned contests, to simple, such as grooming a horse so that it may one day appear on the cover of a romance novel.