Riding a horse, like riding a motorcycle, requires good balance and a carrot dangling on a string to accelerate. Increase riding incentives with today's Groupon: for $99, you get four 60-minute private horse-riding lessons at Foxtail Farms in Wilton (a $220 value).
Foxtail Farms' experienced trainers train bipeds of all levels on a 23-acre property, which borders a lush habitat preserve with views of the sierras. Encompassing two lighted outdoor arenas, a large indoor area for all-weather riding as well as five barns and 11 pastures, the facilities provide plenty of space to grab the reigns and escape unreliable commuter cows. Each 60-minute private lesson builds horsemanship skills, which prep riders for the ring, and creates bonds between riders and their hoofed partners without having to cover a saddle with duct tape.
The equestrian trainers at Foxtail Farms conduct horseback-riding lessons for riders seeking leisure time atop a steed and for those considering competition. Amid a rural landscape of patchwork crop fields and untamed plains, horses lope, gallop, leap, and waffle on which shoes to wear that day as instructors lead intimate training sessions. Skilled in teaching the ins and out of hunter, jumper, and equitation riding, instructors help to foster horsemanship skills while preparing riders for many situations, including the show ring. Believing that success can only be found when both rider and horse have created a special bond, the trainers also work to create an atmosphere in which that bond can be nurtured and tempered.