Horses became the most popular animal for riding after mankind's unsuccessful bouts with harnessing emus and petrified logs. Saddle up an accommodating creature with today’s Groupon: for $67, you get three introductory horse-riding lessons at Oak Meadow Farm in East Windsor (a $135 value).
Oak Meadow Farms instructs riders in the ways of mounted travel on 52 acres of training grounds that proffer picturesque views of New England tobacco barns and fields. An expert staff of pony pilots guides recruits on the finer points of navigating four-legged companions through two indoor rings and several outdoor paddocks. Each private, one-on-one lesson in hunter- and jumper-style riding is tailored to individual needs, as the school's reliable steeds ensure a safe experience for any student or rodeo clown. After the package of three intro lessons, patrons interested in furthering their equestrian education can take advantage of a 10% discount on their first full 13-week semester ($495).
The farm stocks a limited amount of loaner helmets, which participants must wear at all times. Students should come dressed in boots bearing a half-inch heel and ending just above the ankle, as well as sturdy jeans or riding pants, as shorts and sequined leotards are prohibited. After lessons, a heated indoor lounge offers a space to unwind, providing rustic wood details, a kitchenette, cozy sofas, and views of one of the indoor rings.
Oak Meadow Farm
When traversing Oak Meadow Farm’s 52 verdant acres, one is struck by sweeping views of nearby produce farms. Students contribute to this idyllic pastoral scene as they learn the basics of riding in either indoor or outdoor rings. The experienced staff is led by head trainer Amy Kriwitsky who brings her individual experiences, such as her bachelor’s degree in animal science, to teaching beginners how to tack and nay effectively. Her efforts have earned Oak Meadow Farm praise in publications such as Today’s Equestrian and Chronicle of the Horse.
309 Scantic Rd.
East Windsor, Connecticut 06088Get Directions