Horses and humans have worked together for centuries, transporting goods, fording rivers, and sharing the blame for the fall of Troy. Bond with the noblest of creatures with today's Groupon: for $52, you get an introductory horseback-riding lesson from Gallery Farms in Noble (a $105 value).
Gallery Farms’ professional trainer, Pamela Byers, instructs students in the basics of horseback riding and care on the grounds of a 29-acre facility that includes open pastures, a 100'x 200' lighted indoor arena, and a six-stall barn. Adults and children older than 8 undergo a 90-minute orientation lesson introducing them to their gentle beasts and showing them the basics of grooming, care, and communicating in neighs, whinnies, and guttural grunts. Riders learn the basics of English riding techniques in a subsequent 45-minute session, which differs from Western riding in its emphasis on jumping and periodic tea breaks.
Students may use their own horse during the lessons or introduce themselves to one of the farm's horses, making a new four-legged friend who willingly listens to rambling lectures on the history of the Whig Party. Guests should attend lessons equipped with proper riding boots. Friends, family, and doppelgängers are welcome to watch the lessons or admire the pastoral beauty of the farm's lush Bermuda grass and pond. In addition to private lessons, the farm hosts numerous riding shows and clinics throughout the year.
8900 Cemetery Rd.
Noble, Oklahoma 73068