Horses are some of the most perceptive animals, as evidenced by the popular saying, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't explain his intimate knowledge of your childhood fears.” Today’s Groupon gets you eerily close to our intuitive equine counterparts: for $30, you get a 90-minute horseback ride (a $65 value) at Morris’s Shadow Mountain Stables in Auburn.
Morris’s Shadow Mountain owner-operated stables are cozily nestled on a beautiful, quiet patch of landscape. The stables’ horse-powered trail rides will prop each prospective equestrian atop a magnificent mammal for a leisurely stroll through the local wilderness. During the 90-minute ride, you and your fearless equine companion will be led through nearby woods, where you’ll meander around a glittering pond before returning to the stables through a pasture with views of Mt. Rainier. The rides are non-vigorous and ideal for beginners and centaurs-in-training. In addition, the approaching change of seasons holds the promise of fiery red-and-orange foliage along the path for an extra-scenic eyeball treat. During especially cold winter weather, the stables are outfitted for indoor rides, allowing riders to learn arena patterns and non-reindeer horse games.
The full-service stables are owned by experienced horsemistress Bonnie Morris, whose lifelong study of the equine arts has equipped her with exceptional skills as an instructor and guide. So take this opportunity to ride off into the wilderness, or gift this Groupon to a horse fanatic or horse nonbeliever for an eye-opening 90-minute ride through the forest.
Morris's Shadow Mountain Stables
At the age of 9, Bonnie Morris began a lifelong relationship with horses. By age 10, she was the proud guardian of her own colt and at 22, she set the wheels in motion to open her own training center. Today at Morris's Shadow Mountain Stables, she and her staff continue to bond riders and steeds within a five-acre haven that's beyond the reaches of the outside world and its persistent chorus of honking bikes. They foster interspecies rapport through various types of instruction, including lessons and summer camps that teach showmanship and horse care. Trail rides mosey through nearby woods, meadows, and grasslands overlooking Mount Rainier. Birthday parties include horseback rides or visits to the petting farm. The petting farm facilitates up-close encounters with fuzzy ferrets, giant bunnies, mini horses, and baby goats as well as the stable's fleet of horses and resident cow, Henry, who also answers to, "Look! A cow!"
29502 112th Ave. SE
Auburn, Washington 98092Get Directions