Horsemanship was once a vital skill, much like the ability to avoid sailing off the end of the earth or discern which pizza trees were poisonous. Master an ancient art of survival with today’s Groupon to Dreamwood Farm in Wendell. Choose between the following options:
- For $35, you get two 30-minute private horseback-riding lessons (an $80 value).
- For $65, you get four 30-minute private horseback-riding lessons (a $160 value).<p>
Professional trainer Christina Hutton focuses 20 years of riding and instruction experience to forge skilled equestrians in private romps across the gentle emerald waves of Dreamwood Farm’s 10 acres of land. During 30-minute sessions, Christina teaches beginner and intermediate riders to effectively man the reins that control the horse’s thoughts. The mirror of a quiet pool captures the rustling needles of pine trees and the blur of horses walking and trotting at the rider’s command. Guests learn how to control horses movements, including how to steer, stop, and go, devoting a full 30 minutes to perfecting the craft of parading horses up and down thoroughfares and rickety rope ladders.
When not teaching visitors how to ride, Christina Hutton lavishes care upon her horses, including feedings, cleanings, and basic medical treatments. She lives on the farm, and rises early to watch over its expanse, which includes a seven-stall barn, large pastures surrounded by pillowy trees, and a jumping area with white fence hurdles rather than the sleeping serfs in old-timey jumping facilities. During the day, she and her team of instructors train novice and experienced equestrians in hunter and jumper techniques during private and group lessons. In addition to more studious pursuits, Christina and her staff also guide saddle-mounted pony rides, and coordinate arts, crafts, and games during children's birthday parties.