What You'll Get
Horseback riding replaced horsefront riding during the War of 1812, when American soldiers realized they couldn't be taken seriously while carried in adult-sized baby slings. Giddy-up like a grownup with today's Groupon: for $25, you get either one 60-minute horseback-riding lesson or two half-hour children's lessons for kids 2–6 years old (a $50 value) at Karin's Horse Connection in Grandville.
The laid-back atmosphere at Karin's Horse Connection, located at Lamoreaux Ridge Equestrian Center, eases novices into the world of four-hoofed recreation. Intimate one-hour lessons cover proper riding technique in bareback, English, or Western style, as well as barn-room skills such as saddling, grooming, and triple-sow-cowing. Disciples clamber across pastures, hay fields, and woods astride a member of Karin's 22-member equine armada, which includes thoroughbreds and palomino quarter horses. During two half-hour sessions in the runt riders program, tykes ages 2–6 mount friendly steeds, which are safely reined about by an instructor, while prepping for careers in the time-travelling Pony Express. If weather does not permit an outside ride, members mosey into an indoor arena equipped with mirrors and a stereo system.
As a member of the American Association of Riding Schools, Karin's Horse Connection staffs a squad of friendly, knowledgeable instructors, many of whom started their careers as horses, to help make riding accessible for both youth and adult beginners.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jul 30, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Must be age 2 to 6 years for kid's lessons. 250lb weight max. Must sign waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.