Horseback riding replaced horsefront riding during the War of 1812, when American soldiers realized they couldn't be taken seriously while being carried in adult-sized baby slings. Giddy-up like a grownup with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $49 for a 90-minute Introduction to Horses and Horsemanship class (a $125 value)
- $95 for three beginning horseback-riding lessons (a $190 value)
- $95 for three intermediate horseback-riding lessons (a $190 value)
The 90-minute Introduction to Horses and Horsemanship class walks new riders through the skills necessary to work with horses. Topics include interacting with horses, walking, grooming, tacking, and playing training games. The class is a pre-riding, non-mounted class, it does not include riding.
Introductory lessons hone English–style riding skills such as mounting, walking, trotting, steering, and stopping during small-group sessions with up to three students. The main focus is on control, rider position, and how to be a balanced and gentle rider.
For riders with experience in English riding, intermediate lessons expand on skills and introduce dressage concepts. This class is ideal for people who have experience with trotting and cantering but is not appropriate for students who don’t have English-style riding experience or students who think horses are really just big dogs with an attitude problem.
As horses frolic in the open air and nuzzle each other in the fields, Denise Berry-Hanna draws upon master-trainer certification from the Certified Horsemanship Association to oversee a skilled team of instructors. Pupils of all ages learn about English–style riding with an emphasis on safety. Students ride year-round in an indoor arena or on an outdoor riding arena with sand and limestone footing. Trainers focus on English–style riding; the farm also has a large dressage arena, a cross-country field, and a stadium jumping area for advanced riders. A summer camp for kids aged 6–15 gives youngsters a warm-weather activity other than taking No Running signs to the Supreme Court, and horses board at the farm in warm, hay-filled stalls or on the rolling meadows.