Leading a horse to water might not make it drink, but leading a horse through a parallel parking exercise can improve its waltzing technique. Learn the proper way to drive a steed with today’s Groupon to Five Star Ranch in Campbellville. Choose from the following options:
- For $22, you get one group horseback-riding lesson (a $45.20 value).
- For, $59, you get three group horseback-riding lessons (a $135.60 value).
- For $109, you get six group horseback-riding lessons (a $271.20 value).
- For $129, you get a five-day March Break Camp from Monday, March 12, to Friday, March 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (a $310.75 value).
All group lessons include use of an ASTM-approved riding helmet, mandatory for riders18 years old and younger. The five-day camp does not include helmet use, but Groupon customers may rent one for $25 with a $50 deposit.
The indoor arena and winding trails on Five Star Ranch’s grounds resound with pounding hooves as instructor Gail Haynes and her experienced staff guide young equestrians 10 years of age and older during group lessons. In a well-lit 80’x130’ indoor arena, teachers imbue their group 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. Once on the field, pupils put the ranch’s horses through their paces in basic and two-point positions and learn how to control the horse’s direction and speed. Classes accommodate all experience levels, and hold up to eight students to ensure individual attention and to discourage recruiting from passing Lone Rangers.
Novice riders up through intermediate equestrians receive horse-handling intensives in the five-day March Break Camp. Up to six pupils 12 years and older follow instructor guidance as they learn barn safety, grooming, equipment care, and equine first aid and nutrition in an on-site barn. Teachers lead posses through basic riding techniques, the horseback-bound gymnastics of vaulting, and centaur impersonation in the indoor arena. Lessons also cover horseback-riding theory in the ranch classroom. The last day of camp may offer opportunities to take steeds trotting down nearby wooded trails and is also when riders decorate their four-hoofed companions with ribbons at the horse show. Students should come equipped with their own water, lunch, and snacks for post-ride refuels, as well as running shoes for horse-human relay races.
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.