MacNair's Country Acres

Southwest Raleigh

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In a Nutshell

  • Learn to care for & ride horses
  • Beginner class for all ages
  • Picturesque farm

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Promotional value expires Aug 20, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Must be 6 or older. 200lb weight max. Must sign waiver. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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.

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    Southwest Raleigh

    2721 Dover Farm Rd.

    Raleigh, North Carolina 27606

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