Horses are some of the most perceptive animals, as evidenced by the saying, "You can lead a horse to water but you can't explain his intimate knowledge of your childhood fears." Tap into equine insight with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a half-hour private or group riding lesson at Denise Vespa Stables on Yenny Road (a $35 value).
Since 1981, Denise and her bevy of talented riding instructors have been providing personalized horseback-riding lessons to students of all skill levels. Denise Vespa Stables satisfies storybook expectations with a big barn and a plethora of four-legged creatures, but proves television is nothing but lies when its horses respond to polite conversation with only neighs. An outdoor ring, a 1/5-mile sand track, and an indoor ring make comfortable, year-round riding possible. Group lessons can accommodate up to eight riders. Horse-happy hopefuls should arrive 15 minutes before their scheduled lesson to get their horse set-up and saddled. After a full half-hour of mounted riding, students will be hard pressed to remember the sensation of walking with two legs. Once dismounted, those same students help to put away the tack and then brush their horses to fully thank their trusty steed and practice the true skills of horsemanship.