The finest cowboys are those who truly understand their equine better half, which is why centaurs make great cowboys. Establish a kindred horse-human connection with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a 45-minute pony ride (up to a $55 value) or for $30, you get a horseback-riding lesson (a $60 value) from Fruition Farm in Palmetto or Atlanta. Fruition Farm is an enchanting equestrian haven interwoven with sylvan trails and indoor riding areas for year-round gallops. Fillies and foals between ages of 3 and 13 can saddle up for a petite-pony ride, while guests 14 and up can take a riding lesson to brush up on sitting skills and learn to differentiate between 36 different flavors of saltlick. Fruition Farm places the focus on the relationship between rider and ridee, championing respect for barny brethren. Email the farm to schedule your relaxing round of horse-whispering.
Daily Candy featured the Palmetto location of Fruition Farm.
Ten minutes from the bustle of Atlanta, hummingbirds and dragonflies buzz around gardens, and horses crunch leaves under their hooves as they amble down dirt-covered trails leading to a private pond. Fruition Farm beckons visitors to relax at this idyllic refuge, whether by swaying on the porch swing with a book in hand or trapping sleepy friends in a hammock draped between two trees.
Communing with nature is reflected in the farm's approach to horseback riding—natural horsemanship, which fosters a special rapport between equestrians and steeds based on respect and trust, motivating horses to obey commands without riders threatening to expose their secret pasts as cows. This philosophy encompasses all activities at Fruition, from lessons and camps to weekend retreats and creative excursions such as moonlight rides and Tea on Tuesdays, which pairs laid-back rides with a catered lunch at the farmhouse.