Folk wisdom about looking a gift horse in the mouth is obsolete, now that horses are no longer bred to belch blinding ammonia. Enjoy improved equine exhalations with today’s Groupon to Rancho La Rosa in Alvarado. Choose from the following options:
- For $69, you get a 90-minute trail ride for two (a $150 value).
- For $129, you get a 90-minute trail ride for four (a $300 value).
- For $179, you get a 90-minute trail ride for six (a $450 value).<p>
Rancho La Rosa’s personable guides lead 90-minute trail rides, which allow groups of up to eight individuals to explore more than 50 acres of scenic country terrain. Before hopping aboard gentle equine transports, riders take part in a safety lesson to ensure a sound ride for both man and beast, then set off for a relaxing traipse through the countryside. Along the way, perceptive eyeballs may be able to spot wildlife such as cows, turkeys, and chickens, provided the animals walk inside the field of vision created by the riders’ blinders.
Rancho La Rosa
There's rarely a dull moment at Rancho La Rosa. Sprawled across 50 acres, the half equine resort, half event center consistently stirs with activity. Many days, instructors are busy leading riders through lessons in three disciplines: beginners, trail, and competitive barrel racing . For especially young visitors, they scale lessons back into fundamental "love, hug, and groom" sessions—a similar mantra used by horses protesting the mistreatment of Mister Ed in the 1960s. Away from the practice areas, scenic picnic layouts and a clubhouse make an ideal backdrop to weddings, birthday parties, and more common gatherings such as family cookouts.