Horseback riding appeals to riders of all ages, from the young to the young at heart to the suspiciously young who keep taking sips from flasks engraved with the phrase “Definitely Not An Immortality Serum.” Go for a ride with this Groupon.
$49 for a 90-Minute Group Horseback Riding Class ($100 Value)
During this beginners’ class, a certified instructor teaches students aged 4 and older the basics of horsemanship, from grooming and general horse and pony care to riding techniques. The instructors specialize in helping students who are afraid of getting on a horse or who have had bad riding experiences in the past. Students should wear outdoor-appropriate clothing, including long pants and boots or a shoe with a small heel.
Since 1984, the professional, certified instructors at Loftmar Stables have passed their equine expertise on to students of all skill levels, helping them learn horsemanship principles or advanced skills. Captained by owner Janet Loftus Martin, the team starts beginner riders out with 30-minute private lessons that encourage speedier progression and build self-confidence, rather than thrusting novices into large group classes. Instructors give special attention to riders who might be scared to get on horses or have had bad experiences riding in the past, such as getting thrown out of saddles or being paired with horses on blind dates. All programs begin with learning to care for horses and equipment before moving on to more advanced riding instruction in hunt-seat equitation, jumping, or dressage. The extensive facilities—including massive lighted indoor and outdoor arenas as well as wooded trails—ensure that lessons take place even when the weather doesn’t cooperate.