Horsemanship was once a vital skill, much like the ability to avoid sailing off the end of the earth or discern which pizza trees were poisonous. Master an ancient art of survival with today’s Groupon to Cowgirls & Company at Lola’s Place. Choose between the following options:
- For $29, you get a trail ride of up to 2.5 hours for one (a $75 value).
- For $58, you get a trail ride of up to 2.5 hours for two (a $150 value).<p>
Cowgirls & Company’s experienced equestrian staff members coach students in the techniques of riding horseback through the sprawling Sonoran Desert. Riders may arrive around 45 minutes early for their trail rides to meet guides, other riders, and the horses, then watch an optional horse-grooming lesson in which staffers expose which steeds are actually zebras in disguise. The roughly 2.5-hour session begins as groups learn basic riding steps during a brief barn lesson, after which the adept guides guide participants along clear pathways that cut through scraggly brush, under towering cactuses, and around cowboy touch-football games.
Cowgirls & Company’s staffers pair riders of all levels with an appropriate horse and riding helmet, with helmets required for equestrians under 18. Although participants can bring their own water, the staff members also provide water upon request. When not leading trail rides, guides and instructors also conduct leadership exercises, extensive handler training, and camps filled with intensive lessons that bond horses and humans faster than wrestlers wearing velcro suits.
Way Out West Ranch
The experienced horsewomen behind Way Out West Ranch host equine activities that range from riding lessons and trail rides to jumping and cattle work. The facility's location affords it easy access to miles of scenic desert trails, which groups can explore from a saddled vantage point. Riders steer well-trained and responsive horses, never having to worry that the steed will buck at the sight of a lizard or shirk its responsibilities to run off and build sand castles. Riders who'd like to brush up on their technique can also enlist the on-staff farm hands for instruction in the disciplines of Western, English, and Jumping.
10420 N Thornydale Rd.
Tucson, Arizona 85742