Horses are some of the most perceptive animals, as evidenced by the saying, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't explain his intimate knowledge of your childhood fears." Tap into equine insight with today's Groupon: for $45, you get two private 60-minute horseback-riding lessons at Horse Senses in Goodrich (a $100 value).
At Horse Senses, the sharp song of hooves against the ground mingles in the air with equestrian pointers from experienced trainers. During sessions, riders of all experience levels learn about the tack and its parts, and then bond with their horses through grooming, handling, and mutual love for salt. After gleaning basics of pacing in the indoor arena, which shelters riders from the elements, duos head to an outdoor training area or explore the sun-dappled sprawl of the facility's many wooded trails in warmer weather. While meandering the 32 acres of Copperbeech Farm, where Horse Senses is located, pupils build rapport with 1 of 15 well-mannered horses.
Eyes drift to the countryside's emerald topography, or catch glimpses of the farm's many potbellied pigs, goats, and desperately lost pizza-delivery guys grazing amid the blowing grass. At the end of lessons, trainers dispense handouts to further off-saddle education.