What You'll Get
Horse whispering evolved as the standard language of human-equine communication after the impracticalities of horse Morse code and sidesaddle semaphore became woefully apparent. Brush up on pony gossip with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a 90-minute Introduction to Horsemanship lesson at Denver Equestrians in Littleton (a $125 value).
Denver Equestrians is situated on 150 private, grass-laden acres that provide postcard-worthy panoramas of the Rockies. The stables host a 45,000-square-foot indoor arena and expertly manicured grounds that give ample traction for riding lessons. During your 90-minute lesson, professional horse-masters will trot out the basics of traveling by hoof. Arrive 30 minutes early to meet an equine instructor who will match aspiring stallion-steerers to steeds before leading a quick lesson in proper grooming and tacking technique. Then, it's off to the riding area to learn the fundamentals of mounting and dismounting, transitioning from walk to halt, and galloping backward in time. The session culminates in a guided trot before heading back to the stable to rinse down your behooved buddy and bid him farewell. With a maximum of six riders per group, Denver Equestrian ensures an intimate lesson tailored to each individual's needs and experience.
Owner Corinne M. Lettau has spent the last 18 years traveling the country studying dressage under elite professionals such as 1994 Olympic bronze medalist Michelle Gibson. She prides herself on pampering her horses with gourmet feed, uncramped pastures, and stables stocked with upscale hay and the electronic version of Battleship. Denver Equestrian is a proud partner of Zuma's Ranch, which pairs at-risk children and families with rescue horses. Call ahead to book your lesson.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Mar 7, 2011. Amount paid never expires. By appointment only; subject to availability. 24-hour notice. Must bring own helmet. Must be 3 or older. No cash value. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Denver Equestrians
Over the past 25 years, Denver Equestrians owner Corinne M. Lettau has been mastering proper horse training and horse communication while studying under elite professionals such as 1994 Olympic bronze medalist Michelle Gibson. At her 32,000-square-foot equestrian complex, there is a heated barn and indoor arena for year-round riding, where Corinne and a team of talented instructors share their bond with horses by leading students through riding lessons, horsemanship classes, and rider assessments. On large indoor and outdoor arenas, students cover the basics of oat-powered transportation, such as mounting, dismounting, and transitioning from walk to halt. During private and semi-private lessons, students build upon individual strengths and weaknesses and discuss the advancement of elective hoof surgery for humans.