Horses were once considered man’s best friend, but after the invention of the dog, the horse was rebranded as man’s eccentric, oat-obsessed uncle. Take a journey with the kindest of kinsmen with today's Groupon: for $59, you get three private horseback-riding lessons at Four Winds Stable in Waterloo, Illinois (a $120 value). All riders must be equipped with a helmet in order to receive instruction aboard their four-legged equicycles.
With a staff that boasts a combined 90 years of riding experience, Four Winds Stable creates custom lessons for riders young and old. New clients aged six years and older will climb aboard one of the stable’s home-trained Arabian show horses and get comprehensive tutelage in proper tacking, grooming, horse care, and the latest trends in open-toe hoof ware.
Preliminary sessions rustle up an evaluation, from which trainers will wrangle an individualized lesson plan for subsequent sessions—each of which includes about 15 minutes of tack time and 45 minutes of indoor riding. Unlike online horse-pairing services, Four Wind’s trainers will find the perfect stallion to fit every cowboy-to-be’s personal mosey level, saving riders from the awkwardness of a mismatched mare marriage or the hoof-in-the-face feeling of a pony pal who never returns their texts.