Horseback-riding lessons came into vogue during Hollywood's Golden Age, when producers of Westerns realized that John Wayne was too heavy to be supported by a tapir. Make "The Duke" proud with today's Groupon to East Cobb Stables in Marietta. Choose between two options:
- For $45, you get a one-hour riding lesson (a $100 value).
- For $20, you get a half-hour pony ride (up to a $40 value).
East Cobb Stables is a full-service equestrian facility that offers instruction and training to riders of all ages and skill levels. The riding school boasts five qualified instructors, all of whom are show-ribbon winners, ready and willing to impart their equine knowledge. The one-hour riding lesson—tailored to students' experience level—is designed to meet individual riding goals and needs. From first-time saddle straddlers to well-worn veterans, all experience levels are welcome.
For younger cowfolk or riders who are yet unsure of whether they should take the metaphorical and literal reins, East Cobb Stables also offers supervised 30-minute pony rides (up to a $40 value) on a tame, trustworthy steed. Riders trot under the careful supervision of the stable staff, who often use pony rides as a vaulting opportunity toward more advanced equine endeavors.
East Cobb Stables has been training horse enthusiasts for more than five decades. The 3.5-acre facility is home to two barns, two outdoor rings—one of which is lighted—a tack room, a wash rack, and ample stalls and boarding facilities for horses. Though not included in today's Groupon, East Cobb Stables also offers hunter and jumper lessons, horse camps, and horse leasing for serious riders and ex-librarians who want to get their whisper on.
The 30-minute pony ride offered with today's Groupon is a lengthier ride than East Cobb Stables normally offers. To get the most pony time for the oats you plan on ponying up, keep in mind that the facility normally offers discounted rides on Wednesday afternoons.
- The trainers at ecs are also very friendly and won't push you to do something you aren't comfortable doing. I take lessons here and have probably learned more here than anywhere else. – ket906, Kudzu
- All of the lesson horses have won championships and have been rescued and rehabilitated by the owners, trainers and lesson riders. It is truly a beautiful barn and a wonderful education opportunity. – Cathy C., Insider Pages
East Cobb Stables
Since 1959, East Cobb Stables' 3.5-acre parcel located in the Georgian suburbs has served as an idyllic classroom for students to learn the timeless, unconditional bond between a man and his equines. The resident horses enjoy vigorous exercise on two outdoor rings, where visitors learn tacking up and perfect the techniques of the hunter-jumper discipline. Imparting grooming, tacking, and riding techniques during lessons, a stable of five instructors molds pupils from all backgrounds and age groups into bona fide equestrians, calling upon years of varied experience to share the secrets of taming the wild puppeteers that live within each horse.