The finest cowboys are those who truly understand their equine better half, which is why centaurs make great cowboys. Establish a kindred horse-human connection with today's deal: for $25, you get a private horseback-riding lesson (a $50 value) at Crossroads Ranch in Nolensville.
During your one-hour private lesson, you'll learn the principles of basic horsemanship, communication, and safety while spending at least a solid 30 minutes mounted atop a draft horse. Crossroads relies on a time-honored method of mastering the reins. First, riders build trust with their steed by demonstrating they're not wearing a wire, then earn the animal's respect by carefully adhering to equine safety and kissing the horse's hoof when offered. Finally, using a Vulcan mind-meld, you'll achieve unity with your horse that allows for easier communication when you're in the saddle. While you may not get to the point of full-blown whispering in a single lesson, you will still enjoy a chance to familiarize yourself with the equestrian world and its many mysteries, such as why unicorns are endangered and how Mr. Ed spoke with all that peanut butter in his mouth.
Whether a private lesson at Crossroads is for your benefit or that of the littlest pony in your familial stable, the jaunt out to Nolensville will be well rewarded with a scenic walk among Crossroads Ranch's 76 acres of lush, trail-laden landscape. Reservations are required, so be sure to phone ahead to make sure you don't get stuck riding the ranch's ill-tempered giraffe.
Crossroads Ranch does not yet have many reviews, but three success stories are told on its website.
Since settling into his first saddle at the age of 8, Josh Guin has dedicated his life to understanding and training horses, and helping others do the same at his scenic 76-acre ranch in Nolensville. Years of studying equine management, nutrition, and advanced training methods helped Josh craft his T.R.U.E. horse training philosophy, which is an acronym for trust, respect, unity, and expectations. After gaining the trust and respect of the horse, Josh establishes a bond with the beast, always keeping high expectations for the horse so it can live up to its potential. During lessons, Josh shows students how to approach horses with a similar mindset.