Horses and humans have worked together for centuries, transporting goods, fording rivers, and sharing the blame for the fall of Troy. Bond with the noblest of creatures with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a private 60-minute horseback-riding lesson for two at Equidream School of Horsemanship in Grayslake (a $110 value). Lessons are open to students as young as 6 years old.
Equidream School of Horsemanship welcomes seasoned riders and first-time centaur-toppers alike to a safe and comfortable learning space, guided by owner and head instructor Netta Schleden's 39 years of horse-human teaching experience. Equipped for all seasonal shifts with both indoor and outdoor arenas, the school boasts a trusty lineup of stable horses, each with its own specific skill-set. From the walking, trotting, and cantering Allura to the beginner-friendly, jumping Jimmy, all horses are well maintained and trained to be as strong as oxen, except Mariachi Pony, who is actually a piñata.
Because each lesson is private, pairs are sure to receive plenty of face-time with their friendly steed and instructor. All riders should wear long pants and shoes or boots with a small heel, and children must don helmets (which Equidream can provide) to ensure safe riding and carefully contain dreams of sneaking ponies home to keep in the backyard.
Equidream School of Horsemanship
Owner and head instructor Netta Schleden harnesses her training at the British Horse Society to enhance horses and their riders alike. Eleven lesson horses hold riders aloft during safety-oriented riding lessons, while a team of sale horses allows riders to select their very own steed for engaging mounted police officers in high-speed chases. Equidream's boarding house lavishes steeds with twice-a-day feedings in clean and secure lodgings. The grounds' 2 acres of grass pasture are fit for blissful galloping, and 10’x12’ stalls allow ample space for horse yoga.