Horses require human guidance to keep from brushing against fences, eating poisonous rocks, and galloping triumphantly into the ocean. Take the reins with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $45 for a 60-minute horseback trail ride for one (a $90 value)
- $84 for a 60-minute horseback trail ride for two (a $180 value)
- $179 for a two-day beginner horseback-riding camp (a $360 value)<p>
Available Wednesday–Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., trail rides pair riders with one of the ranch’s steeds for idyllic treks along the property. During the two-day camp, lasting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on select Saturdays and Sundays, groups receive a crash course in the fundamentals of horse care, from grooming, tacking, and basic riding skills to dressage and jumping techniques and breeding operation.<p>
Myakka River Ranch
At Myakka River Ranch, a herd of majestic horses lets visitors feel the liberating rush of flying through the grass atop a sturdy saddle. Among the stable's friendly inhabitants, an American Saddlebred performs tricks, an American Paint Horse frolics in the ranch's streams, and an Akhal-Teke mare—descended from the strong, golden horses bred in Persia more than 3,000 years ago—gallops in the outdoor arena. Along with lessons that impart the basics of English-style riding, Myakka's staff leads trail rides amid the scenic landscape, where majestic oak trees and open fields distract the horses from exploring the local sugar-cube quarry.