The term “horsepower” comes from the chant that horses used to shout at engineers working on the newfangled railway system. Befriend trailblazing stallions and mares with today's Groupon: for $149, you get a five-hour equestrian experience, including a two-hour lesson and a three-hour trail ride at Isabella Farms in Clayton (a $300 value).
On a 15-acre estate located at the sunny eastern base of Mount Diablo, Isabella Farms assists novice riders and skilled equinauts alike in honing horseback-riding skills. After choosing from a lineup of premiere horses, riders gather their steeds from the pasture, bonding with mounts while learning how to saddle, bridle, and interpret furtive tail swishes. After an instructor cruises through the basics of western riding and safety, groups of no more than seven students embark on a guided three-hour trail tour, ambling through a landscape of old-growth oak trees and rolling hills. Riders are encouraged to wear or bring along jeans, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, low-heeled boots, water, a snack, and a salt lick shaped as a bouquet of flowers for befriending the horse.
6115 Morgan Territory Rd.
Clayton, California 94517