The horse and buggy was a popular method of early transportation, far surpassing the bug and buggy, which could barely move and was often destroyed by squeamish gunslingers. Saddle up with today's Groupon: for $39, you get two half-hour private lessons at Liberty Stables in South Lyon (an $80 value).
With nearly 40 years of experience breaking the wild stallions of the Michigan plains, Liberty Stables owners David and Caren Earehart and their son Bryan coax equine amateurs off their rocking horses for close encounters with horses. Regardless of their ability level, prospective riders can engage their brains with knowledge about saddleseat, huntseat, western, and driving during a pair of private lessons with an experienced Earehart at the bridle. In addition to the half hour of riding time, each lesson delves into the craft of grooming and tacking up the horsemobile beforehand, as well as properly parking it afterward. Liberty Stables takes all steps necessary to ensure its patrons have a safe, entertaining experience and gain enough know-how to clinch that coveted cavalry spot in a historical reenactment or rob the Dawson City train.
The Earehart clan, boasting fourth- and fifth-generation equestrians and members of the United Professionals Horseman's Association in its ranks, shares their immeasurable equine knowledge with visitors during Liberty Stables' horse-riding and driving lessons. Liberty Stables' 40-acre facility––which includes an observation lobby, tack and feed rooms, and indoor wash racks––has served as a fruitful breeding ground for world and national horse-riding champions over the last 20 years. The seasoned equestrians also house four-legged companions available for sale, specializing in such breeds as american saddlebred, shetland, and ponies painted to look like zebras.