Like all domesticated animals, horses require human guidance to keep from brushing against barbed wire, eating poisonous rocks, and galloping triumphantly into the ocean. Take the reins with today’s Groupon to Legacy Stables in Mendon. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get one 30-minute private horseback-riding lesson (a $45 value).
- For $64, you get four 30-minute private horseback-riding lessons (a $160 value).<p>
Riders must be at least 3 years of age. Lessons are available Tuesday–Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday–Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., though appointments at other times may be available upon request.
Legacy Stables’ patient instructors impart years of equine experience to students of all levels during one-on-one riding lessons. Garnering expertise from a lifetime of working with horses, the stable’s coowners train riders on and breed adaptable morgan horses, which exhibit a calm and companionable temperament and respond quickly to gentle commands or requests for horseshoe autographs. Trainers customize each lesson to the pupil’s needs and preferred style of riding, including saddle seat, hunter seat, and Western. The covered, all-weather practice arena offers a secure spot for riders to hone skills away from the resentful glares of jealous rocking horses.
While still learning how to walk on their own, Legacy Stables owners Michael Murphy and Elizabeth Vaughan Murphy began learning how to ride horses. The two both grew up around horses, and they apply their lifelong knowledge of horseback riding with students during training and lessons in saddle-seat, hunter-seat, Western, and driving styles. During lessons, students are introduced to the stable's fleet of morgan horses, which are known to be one of the oldest and most versatile breeds in North America. The compassionate instructors lead lessons for both beginner and advanced riders, as well as small children who learn basic steering and methods of riding a horse without training wheels.
106 Millville Rd.
Mendon, Massachusetts 01756