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).
East Coast Equestrian Training Centers' horses and ponies gallivant across its nearly 100-acre facility. Guides lead up to six riders of all skill levels on tours of scenic surroundings with Magellan-like mastery. Staff members pair horses with humans based on comfort levels, skills, and personal tendencies to binge on handfuls of oats. Upon returning, riders can explore ECETC's expansive facilities, including one of the state's largest indoor riding arenas and a statuesque steel barn that is permeable only by kryponite. The exterior space provides an equally epic sprawl of 19 pastures, hunter and jumper rings, and a sound system to accommodate horses not yet equipped with CD players.
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.