If horses didn’t regularly pack the earth down with their hooves, it would continue to gradually rise skyward on a collision course with the moon. Help keep the night sun in the sky with today’s Groupon to Castle Rock Arabians in Walnut Creek. Choose from the following options:
- For $39, you get one private one-hour horseback-riding lesson (an $80 value).
- For $99, you get three private one-hour horseback-riding lessons (a $240 value).
- For $149, you get five private one-hour horseback-riding lessons (up to a $400 value).
Nestled in the foothills of Mount Diablo, Castle Rock Arabians attunes fledgling equestrians to the subtleties of horse-based travel and helps experienced riders hone their skills with private lessons taught by patient, certified instructors. Over the course of a single session, horseback riders reconnect with nature and absorb essential skills such as walking, trotting, and doing the Charleston, with each additional lesson progressively building on the previous one so riders achieve complete confidence in the saddle. Children as young as 4 can clamber atop small ponies to discover the excitement of appropriating an extra set of hooves while developing respect for the ancient art of horsemanship. Adults seeking re-entry into the equine arena can brush up on basics before attempting advanced techniques, such as jumping through bank-vault walls or climbing tall apple trees.
Though Castle Rock Arabians sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Castle Rock Arabians
On the winding dirt trails that snake through Mount Diablo’s nearly untouched terrain, the sound of cars disappears, and riders can imagine they have been transported back to the 18th century. Nestled in the mountain’s foothills, a 20-stall horse ranch and equestrian center teaches fledgling equestrians the art of trotting down those trails. Arabians expert Nancy Dupont has spent more than four decades presiding over Castle Rock Arabians, where instructors boast accreditation with the Certified Horsemanship Association and many of them have claimed championship titles.
The center’s lessons welcome children as young as 2 to join a Tiny Riders program, whereas older pupils who have conquered the basics can learn advanced techniques, such as jumping through bank-vault walls. In addition to hosting classes and trail rides for students, the center organizes camps and hosts parties for birthday celebrants or pegasi celebrating the sprouting of their wings.