Like all domesticated animals, horses require human guidance to keep from brushing against barbed wire, eating poisonous rocks, and galloping triumphantly into the ocean. Take the reins with today's deal: for $30, you get one half-day horse-riding summer program (a $60 value) at Hidden Hollow Farm and Stables in Pembroke, just north of Cape Cod.
A beauteous riding facility, Hidden Hollow Farm provides saddle-straddlers of all skill levels with well-maintained steeds, certified and licensed instructors, and the comforts of fenced-in and free-flowing practice areas. At the Summer Riding program, students ages 17 and under will get to amble about the 18 acre farm on horseback atop a docile horse or pony for an hour learning a range of equestrian essentials along the way. Beginners acquire basic horsemanship and fundamental riding skills; more advanced riders can practice jumping, steering, stopping, and water landings. After their saddled soirees, attendees can play games, learn yoga, and construct crafts while breathing in the country air in an idyllic vista surrounded by sturdy fences to keep out plagiaristic impressionist painters.
Hidden Hollow Farm's owner Denise Moraski, a veteran trainer-teacher with more than 18 years of experience, conducts lessons in tandem with esteemed equine experts such as Amy Gurney, a 30-year whisperer whose students have won many state and regional championship titles. As a mother of two, Denise knows how to work with kids, which is why she and her team extend their safe, hands-on lessons to riders as young as seven years old. All equipment is provided and classes run weekday mornings from June 27 to September 2, ending just before horses fly south for the winter.
Hidden Hollow Farm and Stables
The trainers at Hidden Hollow Farm and Stables help students of all ages and backgrounds build horsemanship skills and confidence on a safe 18-acre farm. Denise and Amy each bring more than 15 years of experience to the equine education of guests, and Amy has helped riders to national competitions. In addition to personal instruction in private lessons, the farm also offers progressive learning in an eight-week introductory program, summer enrichment during a riding camp, and elevated cake fights during a horseback birthday party. The stables house 20 horses and ponies, all of which are ridable year-round.
177 Taylor St.
Pembroke, Massachusetts 02359