The horse and buggy was a popular method of early transportation, far surpassing the bug and buggy, which could barely move and was often destroyed by squeamish gunslingers. Saddle up with today's Groupon: for $25, you get one English horseback-riding experience at Chiron Equestrian Services in Saco (a $50 value).
Taking its name from the revered mythical centaur Chiron, Chiron Equestrian Services brings out the inner equine lover in everyone with fun lessons and parties for students of all ages and experience. During one-hour horseback-riding lessons, instructor and horse master Kathleen Gallant leads students in learning English-style riding, focusing on finding their balance and center rather than learning western looting and lasso techniques. Once students master the fundamentals, they can progress to more advanced riding styles such as hunt seat, a form of riding based on traditional fox hunts, and dressage, a stylish ride of steps and moves. Classes are structured for beginners and intermediate riders and are open to children, adults, and jockeys researching fashionable victory-lap trots.
Chiron Equestrian Services
A coach at the first Equine Special Olympics in 1999 and again in 2011, North American Riding for the Handicapped–certified trainer Kathleen Gallant possesses a deep, long-lasting love for horses and their ability to help others. After attending equestrian vocational school as a teenager and working at several race tracks, Kathleen developed her passion for jumping and dressage and began teaching others, which she has been doing for more than two decades. Today, English riding lessons are the focus at Chiron Equestrian Services, as well as therapeutic riding for children and adults with special needs. Both private and group lessons begin with the establishment of a balanced, centered riding style and, once these basics are mastered, move on to more advanced riding techniques such as hunt seat, jumping, and dressage.