The horse and buggy was a popular method of early transportation, far surpassing the bug and buggy, which could barely move and was often destroyed by squeamish gunslingers. Saddle up with today's Groupon: for $23, you get a one-hour introductory horse-riding lesson at Deerfield Farm in Stouffville (a $56.50 value).
In business for 25 years on the same 20-acre property, the experienced trainer at Deerfield Farm teaches individualized introductory riding lessons on a variety of steeds, from schoolmasters to former show horses. Before mounting one of Deerfield Farms' school horses for a half-hour canter, apprentice equestrians spend 30 minutes at the stable-and-horse orientation, familiarizing themselves with their steed's build, temperament, and favourite Jonas brother. Lessons ingrain strong basic riding skills in pupils, emphasizing safe horsemanship and smooth, rhythmic gaits while increasing rider confidence and control. A trainer of introductory-level through Grand Prix riders, Deerfield Farm owner and coach Grant Field customizes each session around particular horses and riders, ensuring successful pairings of hand and hoof. The farm's facility also boasts an 18-stall bank barn, two tack rooms, two outdoor grass rings, and a bouncy castle for pony birthday parties.
3563 Vandorf Rd.
Stouffville, Ontario L4A 7X5