If horses didn’t regularly pack the earth down with their hooves, it would continue to gradually rise skyward on a collision course with the moon. Help keep the night sun in the sky with today’s Groupon: for $30, you get two one-hour horse-riding lessons at Misty River Equestrian Center in Independence (a $60 value).
The equine experts at Misty River Equestrian Center help riders of all levels hone their horsemanship skills in structured one-hour lessons. During the first session, an experienced instructor clearly explains important safety rules and helps the student don a borrowed helmet before introducing him or her to one of the school’s 12 friendly steeds. Once the instructor saddles the horse and helps the student mount, they’ll work on basic skills, such as how to stay centered in the saddle and what to say if the horse wants to make small talk. Consequent lessons build on these initial skills, boosting students’ confidence and solidifying their bond with their steed. Riders on Misty River Equestrian Center’s 55-acre campus can trot around two indoor arenas and a well-lit outdoor arena or meander along wilderness trails to a primitive camping area, where fish leap and feral oats frolic in a large pond.