Horses were once considered man’s best friend, but after the invention of the dog, the horse was rebranded as man’s eccentric, oat-obsessed uncle. Take a journey with the kindest of kinsmen with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a 30-minute private lesson with Mel Keeton at Pony Pastures, in Tuscarora (a $30 value).
Pony Pastures instructs horse lovers in the ageless art of equestrianism, saddling up students of every experience level. Veteran instructor Mel Keeton tailors private lessons to individual goals, incorporating challenges, tips, and games to help novice riders and skilled stallion handlers alike refine their English-riding style. Learn to properly mount a mare or decode the heel-powered Morse code that propels ponies into trotting mode. Students of steedery can be tutored in the nuances of jumping, acquire subtle reining techniques, or simply gain confidence before the next office jousting match.
Long miles of trail and several acres of land provide a backdrop for the large outdoor riding ring, where lesson takers learn atop one of Pony Pasture's pack of gentle steeds, which includes rehabilitated rescue horses. The spacious farm boasts a fully equipped stable where velvety noses peek out of stalls, requesting payment for their kindness in the form of carrot credit cards or sugar-cube cash.