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 $30, you get a one-hour semiprivate horseback-riding lesson at Devinwood Farms in East Carondelet, Illinois.
Devinwood Farms' equine experts, with more than 15 years of coaching experience, train students of all experience levels in small groups of up to three riders, teaching the basics in such riding styles as hunter and jumper, dressage, and Western pleasure. Surrounded by stunning rolling pastures and meandering outdoor riding trails, junior jockeys and horses alike can enjoy amenities that include a heated barn, hot- and cold-water wash stations, and a place for steeds to refuel their jetpacks. A newly built 60'x160' indoor riding arena also allows for year-round instruction away from bad weather or frog plagues.
Led by equine expert and instructor Michelle Booker, Devinwood Farms offers services for riders and steeds on a property with an all-weather arena, heated barn, and picturesque riding trails. Inside the full-care boarding facility, staffers administer daily feeding and stall cleaning. The all-weather riding arena, illuminated by rows of glittering lights, leads outside to local riding trails. Hot- and cold-water wash racks hose down mounts after onsite riding lessons, and stalls provide a place for horses to comfortably hunker down with a good book during blustery nights.
2000 Hoock Ln.
E Carondelet, Illinois 62240