What You'll Get
Every Christmas, children trot downstairs hoping to see an equine silhouette wrapped in colorful paper, but instead receive nothing but a bounty of material possessions and their family's love. Satisfy unfulfilled childhood wishes with today's Groupon. For $25, you get an hour-long trail ride at Dead Broke Farm, a 112-acre, tree-lined, equine-ridden paradise located near Falls Lake, just off the Leesville Road exit from I-540. Your saddled hour includes the navigational guidance of an expert, experienced guide, instructions, and a riding helmet, which will also protect you from sparrow attacks.
With a stable of 85 horses and a variety of breeds, Dead Broke has been leading horseback rides for the public since July 2004 and has spent previous decades coaching rogue ponies in underground cuteness fights. A definite upgrade from the stationary penny rides at the grocery store, these Western-style rides allow for you to exercise a healthy balance of safety and freedom. Dead Broke's beautiful bridle trails are straight out of a horseback-riding story, with 10 miles of sprawling hills, magical creeks, and curious forest critters. Along the way, you may cross paths with deer, cranes, or turkeys, but be careful not to cross their genes to breed ferocious "cranekeys."
Open seven days a week and every day except Christmas, Dead Broke offers trail rides at least twice a day and specializes in trail rides geared toward groups. A visit to the passionate, family-owned and -operated farm allows you to enjoy all the benefits of horses without any of the financial or time requirements associated with owning one. Instead of dealing with frosting clean-up and piñata-related injuries, round up your little cousin's birthday attendees and allow them to live out My Little Pony fantasies (assuming your little cousin is turning 24). See if your date can really take the reins in the relationship by putting his skills to the test on the open trail. Or take a trail ride yourself and disappear in the woods for a spell. Dead Broke can accommodate large groups, but the amount of riders per trip varies. View the daily schedule online. Calling ahead to reserve your spot is suggested.
- This is by far the best place I have ridden in the Raleigh area. I am a novice but have fallen in love with horses and this is the only place that I have been to that makes horse riding both educational and fun. It is apparant [sic] that these people love horses as they are beautiful, trained, well taken care of and happy. – Stephen, Google Maps
- We called Dead Broke during the morning and the friendly staff were able to arrange for me to ride that same morning. Upon arrival a short time later my horse was waiting for me. The staff provided me with some pointers and hints that made me a better rider, then took me out on a great, wooded trail. – JLogan, Citysearch
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 27, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 5 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Must be 2 or older to ride with guide assistance, 6 or older to ride without assistance. Subject to weather. Reservation required. Not valid for existing reservations. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Dead Broke Farm
Dead Broke Farm's name derives not only from the cost of owning horses, but also from the terminology for teaching a horse to wear a saddle—known in the industry as “breaking a horse to ride.” Trainers stable “dead broke,” or thoroughly saddle-trained, horses, alongside more spirited animals on the 110-acre farm. They also house steeds saved through their horse-rescue program, with more than 70 of their mounts avoiding fates in slaughterhouses and other undesirable ends since 2004.
Horses show off their trotting chops during farm trail rides, carrying riders on explorations of the rolling hills and whispering creeks scattered across more than 10 miles of bridle trails cut through woods populated by deer, cranes, and other wildlife. Private rides allow for more personalized routes and can incorporate stops at scenic ponds for proposals or more challenging terrain for advanced riders. Instructors also schedule horseback-riding lessons, teaching balance through rides over undulating terrain rather than through exercises such as riding a horse that is riding a seesaw.