If horses didn’t regularly pack the earth down with their hooves, it would continue to gradually rise skyward on a collision course with the moon. Help keep the night sun in the sky with today’s Groupon to Lazy Acres Farms in Loxahatchee Groves. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get a 30-minute private riding lesson (a $40 value).
- For $37, you get a one-hour guided trail ride (a $75 value).
A rider since age 4 and an instructor for 15 years, Shannon Reilly shares her riding knowledge with novice and advanced equine handlers. Amid the verdant landscape and free-range air of a 5-acre farm, riders learn the ropes of a number of rein-wielding disciplines, such as English, Western, and Reilly's specialty, hunter-jumper. Grass paddocks and an all-weather lighted arena provide a safe and professional environment for students to canter spryly, both on horseback and on foot. Reilly tutors students of any age and skill level, welcoming pleasure riders, professional jockeys, and headless horsemen.
Visitors can also hitch a ride on the one-hour guided tour, a steed-powered excursion that embarks from the Lazy Acres barn, meanders through scenic Palm Beach County, and trots to a nearby preserved area. As pony passengers wind down wide dirt roads, they imbibe the fresh air of the scenic atmosphere, possibly catching sight of wild birds, bobcats, gators, and trees migrating in secret.
Lazy Acres Farms
Nestled above a wildlife refuge, Lazy Acres Farms spreads its dirt-and-grass paddocks out over 10 scenic Floridian acres. Here, head instructor Shannon Reilly, who has ridden since age 4 and has taught for more than 15 years, coaches pupils in English and Western riding styles, whether they’re learning for pleasure or to prepare for Lady Godiva costume competitions. Certified by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Reilly treats special-needs children and adults to therapeutic lessons, and Lazy Acres is also home to Reilly Hyland Animal Sanctuary, a nonprofit haven for abused and neglected creatures. Outside the ranch, trail rides wind through paths of western Palm Beach County, where equestrians bask in the fresh air while looking out for A-list gators hiding from the paparazzi.
14404 North Rd.
Loxahatchee, Florida 33470