Wild West bandits preferred employing horses for their hasty getaways because they were considerably quicker than cows and easier to saddle than tumbleweeds. Harness your inner outlaw with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a one-hour private riding lesson at Mountain Dell Equestrian in Waynesville (a $35 value). The private academy specializes in hunt-seat and Western-style horseback riding for steed whisperers ages 5 and up.
With 26 years of teaching experience, Angela Fowler at Mountain Dell Equestrian is skilled at providing riding instruction and coaching to budding bronco busters. Before hitting the trails, allow Fowler to select an appropriate steed to complement your experience and wardrobe selection, or bring along your own filly to ride. Saddle up your equine pal for an hour of trotting, cantering, and telepathic bantering in either the scenic outdoor or lighted indoor arena. Lessons include instruction on tacking and untacking the horse in appropriate festoonery, including a saddle, bit, bridle, and Velcro-bound top hat.