If horses didn’t regularly pack the earth down with their hooves, it would continue to gradually rise skyward on a collision course with the moon. Help keep the night sun in the sky with today’s Groupon to Five Star Ranch in Campbellville. Choose between the following options:
• For $22, you get one group riding lesson and helmet rental (a $45.20 value, including HST).
• For $229, you get a 14-week introductory riding program (a $474.60 value, including HST).
At Five Star Ranch’s indoor and outdoor arenas, new and seasoned riders hone horsemanship under the tutelage and safety expertise of experienced instructors. One-hour group riding lessons aid the transition from horseless carriage to carriageless horse as trotters sit astride a gentle steed under the protective brain umbrella of a riding helmet, provided by the stable. Students transform into aficionados in grooming, equipment care, tacking, controlling the horse, and balance exercises. The 14-week riding program introduces two- and four-legged mammals in the basics of horse riding and grooming in 90 minutes, 60 of which are spent on-board the horse. Helmets are not included in the 14-week riding program but are available for an additional cost.
Five Star Ranch
The indoor arena, outdoor arena, and winding trails on Five Star Ranch's grounds resound with pounding hooves as instructor Gail Haynes and her experienced staff guide visitors during lessons, clinics, and trail rides. In a well-lit 80'x130' indoor arena, teachers imbue horseback-riding students with safety tips for horse leading and expound on tacking techniques and grooming principles, such as which horse breeds look best with a pompadour.
The Ranch's clinics cover the gamut of equine wherewithal, from basic horsemanship skills to learning how to properly conduct a horse using reins instead of a magic wand. Visitors to the ranch can also amble into the tack store for all of their equestrian needs, such as hand-picked grooming supplies from renowned brands Professionals' Choice and John Lyons.