Until mankind first stepped outside in 1934, nature was thought to be a fanciful myth, like yogurt or the clutch hitter. Spend a few hours frolicking through the fresh air of truth with today's Groupon to Into The Wild Equine Adventures. Choose between two options:
- For $149, you get a 2.5-hour trail ride for two during the prime season, July 1–September 14 (a $298 value).
- For $125, you get a 2.5-hour trail ride for two during the off-season, May 1–June 30 or September 15–November 1 (a $298 value).
Led by equine experts Sheila and Jahn Hoover, Into The Wild lopes trail-bound trotters through intimate, guided rides along the majestic Monument Peak trail system in the Santiam State Forest. After a roughly 30-minute introduction to broncos and riding safety, Into The Wild pairs horses and riders based on riding experience, compatibility, and wine preferences. Sharp stallions get an Ivy League–education from Sheila and Jahn, both of whom have studied Clinton Anderson's natural horsemanship techniques, and stay current with barefoot hooves, secure Australian saddles, and chic bitless bridles.
Golden sunlight bursts through overhanging maple trees as an expert tour guide leads a cadre of four clip-cloppers through a weaving path of diverse foliage, magnificent meadows, clear streams, and fast-food options, imparting trivia about the route's historical, geological, and botanical hallmarks. Commemorate the day with one of the hoof-path's hundreds of photo opportunities, as commanding thumbs stand at attention when posing in front of breathtaking views of the Cascade Mountains and Santiam Valley. Into The Wild is the one of the few trail-riding outfits allowed on the Monument Peak trail system, which is a nonmotorized pathway and traversed only by hikers, mountain bikers, and backpacked bands of sasquatches.
Into The Wild Equine Adventures
Whereas Sheila grew up in a large city, reading books on horsemanship and dreaming of open trails, Jahn was practically born on the saddle, owning his first horse at 10 and fully training one by 17. Today, at Into The Wild Equine Adventures, the Hoovers—Sheila and Jahn are now married—share their lifelong passion by leading small-group trail rides along Oregon's miles of trails and naturally occurring treadmills, helping visitors connect with nature through both their surroundings and their steeds. As the head guide, Jahn provides every rider with personalized attention and works to ensure comfort by outfitting the mounts with foam-padded Australian saddles. Along with leading expeditions into verdant forests and snow-covered canyons, Into The Wild Equine Adventures serves as the only trail-riding company in the state of Oregon with permission to access the Monument Peak Trail System—12 miles of multiuse trails unfettered by motorized ATVs or steam-powered moose.:m]]