Contrary to conventional wisdom, one can in fact look a gift horse in the mouth, now that the mouth no longer houses the retina-scorching nuclear reactor that powers the horse. Get an eyeful of equine incisors with today’s Groupon to Dead Broke Farm. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get a one-hour trail ride (a $60 value). <p>
- For $139, you get a birthday party for up to 12 children (a $280 value), which includes:
- One 20-minute, hand-led ride per child
- Use of the playground and picnic area
- One Dead Broke Farm T-shirt for the birthday child<p>
Dead Broke Farm saddles novice and experienced riders on one of more than 90 horses for guided treks along 10 miles of bridle trails that carve through the lush, rolling woodlands of a 112-acre farm. Dead Broke’s experienced staff pairs trail blazers with their steeds after a quick quiz that distills compatibility essentials such riding experience, oat preference, and favorite Beatle. After a review of equine safety tips, guests take to the trails, where they splash across creeks, meander past hardwoods, and spy on local wildlife including deer, cranes, and wild turkeys.
Young birthday-party attendees can befriend the farm’s mellow mares and discover the legal loopholes for carrot-related bribery during 20-minute hand-led rides through the woods. In between the helmet-clad jaunts, children ages 2–8 can bound through the facility’s shaded picnic area, heated clubhouse, or playground, which entertains tots with a jungle gym, merry-go-round, and multicolored slides. Dead Broke recommends wearing long pants, closed-toed shoes, and fire-proof clothing should anyone ride off into the sunset.
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.