Horseback riding replaced horsefront riding during the War of 1812, when American soldiers realized they couldn't be taken seriously while being carried in adult-size baby slings. Giddy-up like a grownup with today's Groupon: for $40, you get a two-hour group beginners' horse-riding lesson at MacNair’s Country Acres ($80 value).
MacNair’s Country Acres’ riding instructors have brought man and steed together on a nearly 300-acre educational ranch for more than 40 years. The beginners' group lesson instructs future derby winners—adult and children as young as 6 alike—in the skills needed to saddle up in style. Each two-hour course imparts the importance of horsemanship by showing the basics of grooming and tacking up, as well as where on the gums to apply peanut butter for realistic-looking speech. Riding is the most anticipated part of the course, and students spend an hour applying all they’ve learned on the ground atop a pseudo Secretariat with coaching from one of MacNair’s professional instructors.
The course’s emphasis on understanding horse behavior helps students control clip-cloppy friends and interpret their reoccurring dreams. MacNair’s picturesque landscape paints a romantic portrait atop a steed, thanks to the surrounding forests and seemingly endless stretches of pasture.
2721 Dover Farm Rd.
Raleigh, North Carolina 27606Get Directions