Horses are some of the most perceptive animals, as evidenced by the saying, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't explain his intimate knowledge of your childhood fears." Tap into equine insight with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $12 for one 60-minute children's pony- or horseback-riding lesson (a $25 value)
- $35 for three 60-minute children's pony- or horseback-riding lessons (a $75 value)
- $150 for one week of horseback-riding day camp on August 6–10 (a $225 value)
The children's camp, designed for participants aged 5 and older, begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Campers learn how to care for and ride horses. Gallop Again provides a daily lunch, but children should bring extra water and a swimsuit.
Founder Sarah Rose McGuire dedicates her stable to rescuing and rehabilitating horses that may have been neglected or abused by a former owner. During lessons for children 3–12, both horse and child benefit from gentle interspecies interaction: the rescued horses learn to trust their pint-sized human partners and the children enjoy themselves or overcome their fears of riding or being recruited as a jockey. The 60-minute sessions illuminate the subtleties of equine grooming, tack, and proper riding form, with new riders leashed on a lead line until they demonstrate mounted mastery. An experienced trainer with a class A show pedigree conducts each lesson in a private one-on-one format, though two siblings may take their lessons together.
In addition to interactions with the on-site horses, Gallop Again offers children an opportunity to be surrounded by an array of other animals, such as donkeys, ducks, chickens, and rabbits. Other activities available through the farm-and-horse camp include obstacle courses and painting a live pony. While many of its lessons and camps are geared toward children, Gallop Again also offers lessons for teens and adults.