Contrary to conventional wisdom, one can in fact look a gift horse in the mouth, now that the mouth no longer houses the retina-scorching nuclear reactor that powers the horse. Get an eyeful of equine incisors with today’s Groupon: for $22, you get a 30-minute guided horseback ride at East Coast Equestrian Training Center in Virginia Beach (a $50 value). More than one Groupon may be purchased for riding groups up to six people or to extend the experience to a 60-minute ride.
The highly skilled guides at East Coast Equestrian Training Centers lead riders of all skill levels on 30-minute expeditions around the winding mulch paths or obstacle course at their 100-acre facility. After plying humans age 2 and older with the necessary safety gear, including a helmet and a "stop" button, staff members choose a horse for them based on comfort level and experience. Knowledgeable jockeys may act as hands-on guides for newbie equestrians walking the scenic outdoor paths or supervise more experienced riders at the facility’s outdoor obstacle course.
East Coast Equestrian Training Centers asks that all riders wear close-toed shoes for the experience, such as tennis shoes, hiking boots, or scuba fins. In the event of bad weather, rides will take place in the 130’x270’ indoor arena.
East Coast Equestrian Training Center
Aided by more than 40 years of competitive-riding and training experience, Sharon Golesh built East Coast Equestrian Training Center, a full-service training, boarding, and breeding facility. Hidden under an expansive, baby-blue roof are 54 stalls that stay packed all year long with equine boarders and in-house horses ready to run through guided rides and lessons. Students learn the equestrian arts within [facilities] (http://gr.pn/n2lU5n) that include an exterior riding ring and dressage ring complete with mirrors and a pack of paparazzi sheep hounds. East Coast Equestrian Training Center also oversees the birth of future first-place finishers through its extensive breeding operation, which includes a 2,200-square-foot boarders’ lounge and 19 pastures ready to set the scene for equine matchmaking.