Horses and humans have worked together for centuries, transporting goods, fording rivers, and sharing the blame for the fall of Troy. Bond with the noblest of creatures with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a one-hour private horseback-riding lesson at MD Barrel Horses in Mesquite (a $50 value).
The experienced riding instructors at MD Barrel Horses instruct students of all levels in the art of equine association during one-hour private lessons. Horse lovers age 5 and older begin their ranch-hand tutelage by learning the basics of how to safely halter, lead, groom, and saddle their mounts. After outfitting steeds, pupils bounce bestride their new four-legged friends to master proper posture and positioning before learning to effectively communicate signals such as "giddy up" and "hang a left at the light." Those with previous experience can set specific goals with their trainer to meet during the lesson, and those with little to no experience can learn to get comfortable with equestrian fundamentals. Participants should schedule sessions at least 24 hours in advance and should show up to the lesson wearing jeans and closed-toed shoes, though cowboy boots and a sheriff's badge are preferred.
MD Barrel Horses
Since she was just a toddler, Melissa Doose has been riding horses. At MD Barrel Horses, she shares the expertise she's built with students of all experience levels during one-on-one lessons. Guests learn to communicate riding cues to horses and practice techniques for skills such as grooming and saddling. Doose also boards clients' horses at the farm.
5215 Milam Rd.
Mesquite, Texas 75181