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 $89, you get a private trail ride and mini horse-riding lesson for two from Fruition Farm in Palmetto.
Fruition Farm is an enchanting equestrian haven interwoven with sylvan trails and indoor riding areas for year-round gallops. A 30-minute riding mini lesson briskly brushes up basic skills in classic hunt-seat riding. Fruition Farm focuses on the relationship between rider and ridee, championing respect for barny brethren by teaching horse whisperers in training to differentiate between 36 different flavors of salt lick. After skills are primed, saddle up for a one-hour tandem trail ride with your new four-legged confidants, taking in rustic views of pastures, gardens, and woodlands on the Fruition Farm grounds. Each relaxing round of riding can be arranged via email, with schedule-friendly flexibility.
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.