What You'll Get
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 today's Groupon to Hidden Acres Equestrian Center in Cocoa. Choose from the following options:
- For $17, you get a one-hour horse-riding lesson for adults or children (a $35 value).
- For $112, you get a half-day week-long horse-riding camp for kids (a $225 value).
- For $187, you get a full-day week-long horse-riding camp for kids (a $375 value).
Hidden Acres Equestrian Center has been a stronghold of riding guidance since 2007. The center’s lessons take place in small-group settings and provide a one-hour introduction to horses, the techniques used to ride a horse, and the best loopholes for filing a horse’s taxes. Hidden Acres’ children's camps give wee riders an opportunity for greater saddle time. Beginner and intermediate riders receive hands-on experience to discover proper handling, leading, tying, grooming, and tacking-up practices. Half-day sessions feature intense periods of instruction for maximum learning, whereas full-day camps pair the strong instruction with another half day of slower-paced riding, education, and siestas in giant horse hammocks.
In addition to Hidden Acres being the Harvard of horse sense, it is also a rare respite from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Bordering a natural wildlife preserve, the grounds offer a peaceful, tree-lined setting where saddle students can focus completely on learning the reins of riding. In addition, Hidden Acres’ instructor, Shannon Norris, brings more than 30 years of riding and 10 years of sasquatch-hunting expertise to the stables.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 15, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 add'l as gifts for 1hr lesson. Limit 1 per person for Camp options. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required, 2wks in advance for summer camps. Subject to availability. 24hr cancellation or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Must be 4or older. Must sign waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds
At HART, Hidden Acres Rescue for Thoroughbreds, instructor Shannon Norris calls upon 30 years of riding expertise to guide students on instructional trots. In groups of six or fewer, they glean essential techniques for balance and safety and learn about steering methods to prevent horses from running off at the first sound of the ice-cream man’s bell. Norris also ensures that students practice barn safety, grooming, and general equestrian care. Lessons take place on the center’s open arenas and grass paddocks, which border a wildlife preserve that allows pupils to bond with the natural environment.