Before equestrian domestication, wild horses created havoc on the American landscape—late-night neighing woke responsible citizens, lawns were torn up by underground fence-jumping leagues, and supermarket owners lived in constant fear of daring oat heists. Trot on the non-wild side with today’s Groupon: for $69, you get four beginner horseback riding lessons in English riding style (a $140 value) at Creek Bend Stables in Tunnel Hill, Georgia.
The horse handlers at Creek Bend Stables teach aspiring riders the equine ins and outs of English-style riding during safety-minded lessons. Placing riders squarely in the saddle, English-style riding forgoes the ostentatious leg draping of side-saddle riding and the geometric difficulty of quadruple-saddle riding in favor of free motions that form the basis of riding events, from horse racing to dressage. An experienced horse trainer leads each one-hour lesson, imparting the wisdom that helped former students go on to compete in world championships and notch top-10 finishes in youth riding events. Horse whispering transpires in Creek Bend Stables' recently remodeled indoor facilities, in which riders trot year-round, heedless of wind, weather, or out-of-season Christmas carolers.
Creek Bend Stables
The certified instructors at Creek Bend Stables have groomed world-champion horses and riders. With their expert guidance, beginner, intermediate, and advanced riders can polish their technique and avoid common blunders such as mounting the horse by climbing up its face. Lessons progress in length and depth of instruction as students age and develop skills.