Mounted police opt for equine transportation so that they don’t have to deal with the squad car's wailing thirst for gas and justice. Harness real horsepower with today's Groupon: for $30, you get two private horseback-riding lessons at De Equus Stables in Manitowoc (up to a $60 value). Lessons are available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The instructors at De Equus lead initiates aged 4 and older through the ins and outs of steering steeds during private lessons. During sessions, which include 30 minutes of riding time, students learn mount-piloting styles such as saddle seat, hunt seat, Western, and driving, as well as the benefits of filling their horse with unleaded oats. Instructors tailor lessons to riders’ desired goals, whether they are learning to ride recreationally or becoming world-class show-ring competitors. In addition to riding, students also learn how to groom and tack the noble beast, making them presentable for exhibitions or black-tie horse rodeos. Although De Equus provides helmets, they expect students to bring their own riding boots or heeled shoes.
De Equus Stables
The instructors at De Equus Stables aim to teach their riders more than galloping or stage presence—they also believe in the therapeutic benefits of connecting with a horse. That's why, in addition to teaching saddle seat, hunt seat, and western riding styles, they host camps and clubs to meet the needs of casual equine enthusiasts. As they acquaint patrons with their mounts, they cover aspects of horse care outside of riding, such as grooming and equipment use to impart a long-term equine education. The facility’s horses vary in disposition from gentle steeds recommended for first-timers to highly trained trotters and big rigs in bridles for show competitors.
Channeling their certifications from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, the staffers often plan customized lessons based around specific emotional or physical goals. They also welcome all sorts of equestrians—and visitors who simply feel an affinity with horses—to their American Saddlebred Horse Association Youth Club, which schedules educational outings to farms, horse shows, and clinics.