Folk wisdom about looking a gift horse in the mouth is obsolete, now that horses are no longer bred to belch blinding ammonia. Enjoy improved equine exhalations with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get two 45-minute private horseback-riding lessons at Luton Training Center in Williamston (a $70 value).
Drawing from 20 years of experience, the coach of the 2011 Reserve State Championship team and a staff of seasoned horsemen instruct aspiring riders of all experience levels during private lessons at Luton Training Center's indoor riding area. Students aged 5 and older can bring along their own horse or two obliging friends in a horse costume, or opt to ride one of the stable’s well-mannered schooling horses. Students groom and tack their noble beasts before beginning 45-minute lessons, in which expert instructors can lead them through western, hunt-seat, or saddle-seat techniques. To prepare for lessons, students can make use of provided helmets, but should avoid footie pajamas in favor of sturdy, heeled boots, and long pants.
Luton Training Center
With more than 20 years in business, head coach Lisa Luton-Hodges has seen her share of regional and national equestrian champions. As recently as 2011, she led the Williamston High School equestrian team all the way to a reserve state championship. Luton Training Center is the place where such journeys begin. Riders of all skill levels learn the basics of western, hunt-seat, and saddle-seat techniques amid the splendor of Michigan's rolling hills, or in the 150'x70' indoor arena for when skies are full of rain or the kind of clouds that terrify horses. The facility also offers boarding and training services.