What You'll Get
Horses acquired many of their show skills during the cowboy days, when they had to jump to avoid rattlesnakes, trot to avoid barraging bullets, and don wide-brimmed hats to blend in at saloons. Saddle up skilled horses with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a 50-minute private introductory horseback riding lesson at New Boston Farm in Gray (a $60 value).
New Boston Farm utilizes its spacious equestrian center to teach and train enthusiasts of all ability levels to become skilled and safe horseback riders. In the indoor- and outdoor-riding retreat, beginners can learn the basics of sitting atop steeds, becoming acquainted with the psychology and physiology of the horse and its fascination with the telephone game. Fifty-minute introductory classes begin with standard pony preparation, which involves leading, grooming, and tacking up the horse before asking it for a piggyback ride and your own share of oats.
New Boston Farm owner Paulajean O'Neill is backed by more than 30 years of professional equine experience, allowing her to foster a professional space for two-legged trainees and their four-legged friends. Her belief in the rehabilitating power of riding led her to found Maine Therapeutic Riding, which offers riding as therapy and recreation for people with disabilities.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 23, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy more as gifts. Limit 1/visit. New customers only. Reservation required; subject to availability. 24hr cancellation or fee up to Groupon price may apply at appointment. Must sign waiver. Must wear provided helmet. Non-transferable. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.