In ancient civilizations, the horse was a symbol of war, speed, and impossible-to-make half-court shots. Today's Groupon lets you attach your own meaning to mustangs and mares. For $12, you get a guided trail ride on horseback from the Latta Equestrian Center (a $25 value), located in Huntersville, 15 minutes north of Charlotte by stagecoach. Now that winter hours are over, customers can saddle up seven days a week.
Latta Equestrian Center hoists riders of all levels of equestrian experience into the saddle for a 45- to 50-minute guided horseback ride ($25) through the Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. After a brief tutorial on the finer points of gallops and gees, equine-pilots will saunter Western style down the puttyroot, orchid-dotted trails of the preserve atop their one-horsepower vehicles. Throughout the 16 miles of horseback lanes within the preserve, riders will discover their inner Burton Gilliams as a cavalcade of Carolina critters, including gray foxes and red-spotted newts, look on from their apartment windows.
Latta Equestrian Center puts its customers' safety first, with each cowperson wearing a riding helmet to protect against hail and wayward sparrows as they play Pony Express. All riders must be at least 12 years old unless certified otherwise. Lassos, sarsaparilla, and tumbling tumbleweeds are not included with this deal.
11, Long Creek
6201 Sample Rd.
Huntersville, North Carolina 28078Get Directions