Mounted police opt for equine transportation so they don’t have to deal with the squad car's wailing thirst for gas and justice. Avoid similar automotive appetites with today's Groupon to Outback Stables in Ledyard. All lessons are held on weekdays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $40, you get two 30-minute horseback-riding lessons (an $80 value).
- For $80, you get four 30-minute horseback-riding lessons (a $160 value).
Outback Stables' team of hoof handlers instills riders of all levels with the skill and confidence to saddle equine vehicles. No more than four students participate in each lesson, as beginning riders learn how to walk and trot their steeds and advanced riders acquaint themselves with the canter and four-legged stilt gallop. Skilled instructors teach the refined techniques of English horsemanship or Western and trail-riding techniques for those looking to earn their spurs. In addition to teaching trotting tactics, instructors brief groups on general horse safety and ongoing health care in case an animal asks for advice on applying to medical school. Equine-curious minds may further learn about the various breeds of horses, along with bathing and grooming strategies to sweeten preride tacking rituals.