One or Three Half-Hour Horseback Riding Lessons at High Gate Manor Farm (Up to 51% Off)

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Welcoming, family-oriented atmosphere helps riders of all ages and skill levels learn the art of horseback riding

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Promotional value expires 90 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Not valid for clients active in the past 12 months. Must be 7 or older. Must sign waiver. Reservation required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. Must weight 250 lbs or less. Helmet, long pants, and boots with half-inch heel required. Helmets provided. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $20 for One 30-Minute Private Horseback Riding Lesson ($40 value)
  • $59 for Three 30-Minute Private Horseback Riding Lessons ($120 value)

Horseshoes: A Necessary Accessory

To learn just what’s going on with your horse’s feet, check out Groupon’s exploration of horseshoes.

The idea of nailing a metal shoe onto a horse’s hoof might sound cruel, but don’t worry—the process is as painless as humans clipping their nails. Horses’ hooves, like our nails and hair, are made of keratin, so the animals don’t feel a thing. In fact, without horseshoes, horses have a much higher chance of foot injury. In their naked state, hooves are simply not tough enough for a domesticated lifestyle that includes farm work, racing, or navigating rough terrain, besides being turned away from most barns with a dress code. 

Some of the earliest horseshoes resembled booties and were woven from hides and plants by Asian horsemen. In ancient Rome, horses wore metal-soled “hipposandals” that fastened over their hooves with leather straps. Even the C-shaped horseshoes that we know today have evolved over the centuries, changing from bronze to iron, scalloped to smooth-edged, and handmade to mass-produced. They’re different depending on the job. Racehorses sport lightweight aluminum shoes, whereas polo ponies wear hardier versions made of steel. And some horses don’t wear shoes at all, especially those that spend their lives grazing in pastures and watching Westerns on TV. 

Shoeing a horse requires the skilled hand of a farrier, an expert in hoof care. The farrier first trims each hoof, as if giving the horse a pedicure. Then, he or she shapes the shoe in one of two ways. Hot shoes are heated in a forge and then molded to the shape of the hoof, while cold shoes are bent and hammered to fit. The shoes are then nailed into the outer hoof and any sharp edges are filed down. Over the course of their lives, horses spend quite a lot of time in the farrier’s care: the shoes typically need to be refitted every four–six weeks as the hooves keep growing.

Customer Reviews

Amazing staff..great place all around. Very family oriented. Highly recommend high gate manor farm! My daughter is 7 and is just learning how to ride. Within 15 min of her first lesson she was able to make the horse do what she wanted her to do and where to go!
Jonathan M. · July 31, 2016
Very nice staff. Friendly, flexible, easy to work with and professional. Highly recommended.
MJ P. · June 30, 2016
My kids loved it! Definitely will go again.
Jessenia M. · April 25, 2016
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    159 Hampstead Rd

    Derry, NH 03038

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