Horses are some of the most perceptive animals, as evidenced by the saying, "You can lead a horse to water but you can't explain his intimate knowledge of your childhood fears." Tap into equine insight with today's Groupon to Centoz Ranch in Queen Creek. Choose between the following options:
- For $22, you get a one-hour horseback-riding lesson (a $45 value).
- For $10, you get a children's pony ride (a $20 value).
Nestled on 10 acres in the shadow of the scenic San Tan Mountains, Centoz Ranch opens its stable doors for riding lessons and horsemanship classes suitable for all ages, and offers day camps and pony rides to pintsize saddle sitters. Boasting comprehensive instruction in Western and English styles, Centoz's skilled rein masters instill equine edification through a series of individualized exercises that impart the basics and advance each rider's skills in riding, grooming, and picking out fashionable mane weaves. Atop one of Centoz's friendly steeds, students can feel comfortable with the ranch's goal-oriented teaching philosophy, which fosters patient instruction and a personal connection with each horse.
Riders too young for lessons can embrace equine pastimes with a pony ride atop a tiny trotter such as Cupcake, the ranch's most sociable steed. The memory-chiseling experience includes help with saddling and a hand-led journey. Post-ride, kids can fill their mounts' chompers with treats before prettifying them with a thorough brushing and ribbon adornment, adroitly preparing them for awkward slow trots at the impending pony prom.
As of July 6, 2011, this Groupon must be redeemed at Silver Rein Horsemanship in Queen Creek.
Though the calendar maintains that it's still the 21st century, the experienced cowfolk at MD Ranch take visitors back to the Wild West with horsemanship and equestrian knowledge that's been perfected across the centuries. Joining them is a herd of well-trained horses, who itch to take riders on vigorous romps across the Sonoran Desert landscapes of San Tan Mountain Regional Park. The only outfitters in the mountains, the ranch's seasoned guides lead experienced or first-time riders along desert trails, trotting past stately cacti on all-day and sunset excursions or galloping in search of far-off coyote choruses during intense ranch rides. The herd contains a wide range of horse personalities–from horses that are safe for even the most inexperienced riders to those with enough go for seasoned cowboys. On-site trainers work with steeds and riders alike, teaching students of all ages the techniques of English and Western riding as well as basic horsemanship and equine care skills.