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 to Clay Hill Stables in Springdale. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get a beginner horseback-riding lesson (a $50 value). Beginner lessons are held on Tuesday and Friday at 7 p.m. and on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- For $37, you get an intermediate/advanced horseback-riding lesson (a $75 value). Intermediate/advanced lessons are scheduled by appointment only.
Clay Hill Stables’ equine experts have dedicated more than 45 years to acquainting human with horse during private and small-group horseback-riding lessons for all skill levels. During one-hour beginner lessons, cantering white belts learn rider safety and horse grooming, as well as basic skills such as tacking, mounting, and horse control. Class sizes accommodate up to 12 students, so certified instructors can provide individualized attention and equal sugar-cube distribution. After a thorough evaluation and trot trial, which gauges the rider’s skill level, accomplished buckaroos are allowed to schedule a semiprivate intermediate or advanced lesson. Clay Hill Stables can provide pupils with riding helmets, though they should bring their own jeans, hard-soled boots, and ropes for lassoing feral mechanical bulls.
Clay Hill Stables
Since founding Clay Hill Stables in 1964, British Horse Society–certified instructor Emmie Prettyman has passed her vast equine expertise on to legions of horses and their riders through a variety of services. Emmie captains a team of instructors certified to teach the English style of riding as well as administer first aid and CPR, ensuring safe and sound lessons for students as young as 6. Beginner classes work to establish fundamentals both on and off the saddle, including riding positions and basic grooming and tacking. Once riders have demonstrated proficiency at the paces of walk, trot, and canter, they may be eligible for the jumping work in the intermediate/advanced class, where they build on skills with more intricate flatwork and jumping exercises, as well as have the opportunity for trail rides and horse shows.
9911 Old Ardwick-Ardmore Rd.
Springdale, Maryland 20774