What You'll Get
The finest cowboys are those who truly understand their equine better half, which is why centaurs make great cowboys. Establish a kindred horse-human connection with today's Groupon: for $139, you get a one-hour stable visit, a one-hour horseback-riding lesson, and a three-hour trail ride (a $300 value) at Isabella Farms, just south of downtown Clayton.
From its 15-acre estate at the foot of Mount Diablo, Isabella Farms helps riders of all levels, aged 16 and up, master the art of horseplay with small-group lessons (2-6 people per lesson) and guided trail rides. Upon arrival, students will shake hooves with one of several premiere horses and then blasting human-equine barriers with such time-honored activities as grooming, saddling, bridling, trust falls, and sitting for horse-drawn portraits. After an experienced instructor covers the basics of western riding and safety techniques, your group embarks on a three-hour guided tour through a lush landscape of verdant hills and old-growth oak trees. A mid-journey natural or organic treat will keep spirits chipper, and Isabella Farms provides guests with snacks and water. For total comfort, be sure to wear hats, gloves, jeans, boots with a one-inch heel or less, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Yelpers give Isabella Farms' horseback riding lessons an average of five stars:
- I went this last weekend and had such a rad time! It was my first time riding a horse and right from the start the instruction was very good at allaying any nerves I might of [sic] had. – Dylan L.
- I have ridden at many bay area barns, and found this to be the most well-run and professional of them all. I highly recommend it to riders of all levels. – Micki B.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 4, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required 2 weeks in advance. Must be 16 or older. 225 lbs weight max. Must sign waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.