The finest cowboys are those who truly understand their equine better half, which is why centaurs make great cowboys. Establish a kindred horse-human connection with today's Groupon to Double D Equestrian Center in Louisburg, about 30–45 minutes from Raleigh and Durham. Choose from the following four options:
- $35 for a complete two-hour horse-handling lesson and trail ride (an $80 value)
- $49 for four horseback-riding group or private lessons (a $190 value)
- $19 for a trail ride (a $40 value)
- $19 for a horseback-riding lesson (a $50 value)
Double D Equestrian Center is a scenic 867-acre horseback-riding facility complete with an expert trainer, miles of riding trails, and stables full of well-maintained steeds. In the two-hour horse-handling lesson and trail ride, leave your habitable dollhouse and saunter down nature's byways atop your own horse, often foreign to cities. Each lesson is led by the expert noodle and muzzle of Double D's resident trainer, Tory Jordan, who boasts more than 30 years of equestrian experience and a keen ability to unite human and horse sans mad science. Seasoned pros and beginners alike can hone their horsemanship during four group lessons, while the time-crunched can take in a crash course on directing and managing their equine locomotive before taking it for a test-trot through the falling foliage of Double D's tree-lined trails. All lesson levels focus heavily on building confidence in the saddle as well as on safety and correctness, with the potential goal of competitive riding in mind.