Horseback riding replaced horsefront riding during the War of 1812, when American soldiers realized they couldn't be taken seriously while carried in adult-size baby slings. Giddy-up like a grownup with today's Groupon: for $25, you get your choice of a one-hour trail ride or a one-hour session that includes a 30-minute lesson and a 30-minute trail ride at Horse Rides of Pensacola (up to a $50 value). Up to three Groupons can be scheduled together for each riding session.
Helmed by experienced trainer and instructor Cheryl Glass, Horse Rides of Pensacola teaches aspiring equestrians the ins and outs of horsemanship while they socialize with friends and revel in the great outdoors. An equine ambassador guides each timberland jaunt, navigating groups along one-hour, fresh-air-fueled journeys. Those without experience can opt for a combo of a 30-minute lesson and 30-minute ride, where rookie riders learn basic skills, such as how to properly mount the horse, how to ask it for the day's stock prices, and how to get it to gently gallop.
Horse Rides of Pensacola
Experienced instructor, trainer, and cowgirl Cheryl Glass brings her vast knowledge of all things equine to Horse Rides of Pensacola. Originally a trail-ride outfit, Horse Rides of Pensacola has grown over the past decade to include camps, lessons taught by trained instructors, and charitable events. During camps, kids learn riding techniques and also participate in fishing, wild blueberry picking, access to water slide, and arts and crafts activities. Introductory classes teach pupils equestrian techniques, grooming riders with the fundamentals of equine safety, anatomy, and proper form before they move on to more intense classes such as Equine 101 or Advanced Equine 101. Camps available for children of age three or older.