Two, Three, or Five 30-Minute Horseback-Riding or Driving Lessons at Mike Wahl Performance Horses (Up to 56% Off)

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Seasoned instructors who have trained national champions teach students to ride or drive horses

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Must sign waiver. Reservation required, same day reservations accepted. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Valid only for option purchased. Riders must wear appropriate clothing; no sandals or shorts permitted. Boots must have a ¾" – 1.5" heel. Riding helmets are provided and are mandatory. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Three Options

  • $39 for two 30-minute horseback-riding or driving lessons ($80 value)
  • $55 for three 30-minute horseback-riding or driving lessons ($120 value)
  • $89 for five 30-minute horseback-riding or driving lessons ($200 value)

Horseshoes: A Necessary Accessory

To learn just what’s going on with your horse’s feet, check out Groupon’s exploration of horseshoes.

The idea of nailing a metal shoe onto a horse’s hoof might sound cruel, but don’t worry—the process is as painless as humans clipping their nails. Horses’ hooves, like our nails and hair, are made of keratin, so the animals don’t feel a thing. In fact, without horseshoes, horses have a much higher chance of foot injury. In their naked state, hooves are simply not tough enough for a domesticated lifestyle that includes farm work, racing, or navigating rough terrain, besides being turned away from most barns with a dress code.

Some of the earliest horseshoes resembled booties and were woven from hides and plants by Asian horsemen. In ancient Rome, horses wore metal-soled “hipposandals” that fastened over their hooves with leather straps. Even the C-shaped horseshoes that we know today have evolved over the centuries, changing from bronze to iron, scalloped to smooth-edged, and handmade to mass-produced. They’re different depending on the job. Racehorses sport lightweight aluminum shoes, whereas polo ponies wear hardier versions made of steel. And some horses don’t wear shoes at all, especially those that spend their lives grazing in pastures and watching Westerns on TV.

Shoeing a horse requires the skilled hand of a farrier, an expert in hoof care. The farrier first trims each hoof, as if giving the horse a pedicure. Then, he or she shapes the shoe in one of two ways. Hot shoes are heated in a forge and then molded to the shape of the hoof, while cold shoes are bent and hammered to fit. The shoes are then nailed into the outer hoof and any sharp edges are filed down. Over the course of their lives, horses spend quite a lot of time in the farrier’s care: the shoes typically need to be refitted every four–six weeks as the hooves keep growing.

Customer Reviews

Mike is a great teacher. He makes sure that the student is comfortable each step of the way, and that builds confidence. I bought these lessons for my granddaughter, but she found that she likes driving better than riding, so he switched her over to driving ponies and miniature horses.
Dolores G. · December 28, 2015
My kids really enjoyed lessons with Mike! We look forward to future lessons again in spring!
Amanda H. · November 7, 2014
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