Horses and humans have worked together for centuries, transporting goods, fording rivers, and sharing the blame for the fall of Troy. Bond with the noblest of creatures with today's Groupon: for $75, you get two group horseback-riding lessons at Leap of Faith Farms in Walnut Creek (a $150 value).
The stables at Leap of Faith Farms' facility are filled with carefully selected equines for a variety of boarding, training, and riding services. Expert riding instructors guide groups through 45–60 minute lessons, which vary depending on saddle stamina, experience, and the shoe-shopping schedule of each horse. Lessons unfold in one of the three all-season riding arenas that encourage riders to perch atop horses year-round. Students learn basic maneuvers on their steeds, such as various degrees of gaiting and FM dial tuning, before ending the session with 15–20 minutes of grooming, saddling, and bridling.