Horseback riding replaced horsefront riding during the War of 1812, when American soldiers realized they couldn't be taken seriously while being carried in adult-size baby slings. Giddy-up like a grownup with today's Groupon: for $25, you get two one-hour group horseback-riding lessons at Labzara Ranch in Broken Arrow (a $50 value).
Galloping grads of Labzara Ranch have gone on to blue-ribbon glory at the Tulsa State Fair by showcasing Western or English riding skills obtained atop cooperative horses and under a headmaster with more than four decades of experience. Wannabe horse whisperers, or those who’ve gone hoarse shouting about ponies, can settle into the saddle style of their choice for two 60-minute instructor-supervised jaunts. Lessons are open to both adults and kids aged 3 and up, allowing students to enjoy fresh air and exercise while becoming besties with an ungulate beast and banding together with other budding buckaroos to develop equestrian prowess.
Labzara Ranch will also host an open house on June 4 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., letting potential pupils peruse the professional facilities and enjoy all the hay they can eat.
Labzara Ranch’s headmaster, Roseann Lobser, has been a riding instructor for more than 40 years, imparting the finer points of equestrian operation to students both young and old. Under Roseann’s watchful eye, students learn the proper form of riding in the Australian style; English style, which requires that riders keep both hands on the reins; or Western style, which uses only one hand so the other is free to prospect for gold. Also a certified art teacher, her summer camps invite kids 5 years old and up to meet the ranch's ten horses; ride them in parades; and work on painting, pottery, and other art projects once the day gets too hot for riding. The ranch also offers horse riding birthday parties for kids which includes an hour of riding, horse feeding, games, and a party space.
15400 E 101st St. S
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