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 today’s Groupon to Gemstone Equestrian in Uxbridge. Choose between the following options:
- For $85, you get 5 one-hour private equestrian lessons (a $177.64 value, including HST)
- For $105, you get 10 half-hour private equestrian lessons (a $231.31 value, including HST)
Rosemary Richardson and Sarah Thomas, Gemstone Equestrian’s mother-daughter coaching team, employ their substantial experience to help students hone their riding skills at year-round indoor and outdoor facilities. Pony pilots embark on their equine-propelled educations on a steed from Gemstone’s fleet of friendly horses, ensuring a trotting session free of passive-aggressive whinnies. Private lessons enable nascent jockeys to steer their carrot-powered vehicles around the indoor or outdoor facilities without interference, and fledgling saddle sitters receive ample individualized instruction as they explore their choice of riding style. Riders hone their fence evasion skills with a lesson focused on hunter/jumper techniques, dressage, and the Western-riding tutorial teaches students to navigate between barrels or Stetson-shaped tumbleweeds with ease.
Gemstone Equestrian equips all riders with a helmet to keep horses from controlling riders’ minds and stocks a limited number of riding boots on-site for use during lessons. Equine scholars are required to cloak legs in long pants and swaddle feet in boots with a small heel to participate.
On their 25-acre parcel of scenic countryside, Rosemary Richardson and Sarah Thomas, Gemstone Equestrian’s mother-daughter team, teach students to ride properly and respect their equine friends. Lessons are held year-round either outside or within the indoor facilities and cater to riders of all experience levels, whether they aim to ride recreationally or for competition. Students choose among the riding arts of dressage, which stresses obedience and balance; hunter/jumper, which takes place on the hunter course or jumper ring; and Western, which focuses on how to visit the Pacific by hitching a skateboard to a team of wild horses. No matter the riding style, safety remains of utmost importance—the center offers ASTM–approved helmets for no extra charge and caps lessons at a 1:2 staff-to-student ratio for beginners and 1:4 for experienced riders.