Contrary to conventional wisdom, one can in fact look a gift horse in the mouth, now that the mouth no longer houses the retina-scorching nuclear reactor that powers the horse. Get an eyeful of equine incisors with today’s Groupon to Raynham Stables in Nobleton. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get one 1.5-hour private horseback-riding lesson (a $59.33 value).
- For $75, you get three 1.5-hour private horseback-riding lessons (a $177.99 value).<p>
All riders must bring along the following gear for their lessons:
- Boots with a half-inch to one-inch heel (available to borrow for free)
- Long pants (loose pants and jeans not recommended)
Helmed by Equine Canada Level III coach Lindsay Mahon, Raynham Stables’ staff of certified instructors deftly guides pupils of all ages through private horseback-riding lessons tailored to individual abilities. The 1.5-hour one-on-one session kicks off with a 30-minute introduction to the basics of grooming and tacking a carrot-fuelled auto, including how to dress the steed in full riding regalia. Once neigh-sayers have been suited up, riders settle into the saddle for 30 minutes of mounted instruction tailored to address individual skill sets, interests, and desires to recreate centaur-heavy dream sequences. Nascent pony operators learn essential equine choreography such as walking, cantering, and trotting, and instructors can opt to run more advanced students through the gravity-flouting rigors of jumping lessons. Back at the stables, a 30-minute tutorial focuses on untacking and stowing away equipment. Raynham Stables requires that all lesson-learners don a helmet (provided by stables), swaddle feet in boots with a half-inch to one-inch heel (provided by stables, if necessary), wear gloves, and cloak limbs in long pants.
Though its main draws include sprawling, verdant grounds and a sand-bottom stadium ring, Raynham Stables is well equipped to serve equestrian offerings all year long. Two expansive indoor riding arenas beckon cold-weather guests to perch atop gentle, reliable horses well trained in the ways of trotting, jumping, galloping, and saying nay to performance-enhancing carrots. Working closely with his experienced staff, Equine Canada Level 3 coach Lindsay Mahon takes the reins of the establishment and its lessons, which encourage students to develop into confident competitors and show-team riders.
Raynham Stables also offers pony parties for ages 4–adult with optional add-ons such as horse-themed goodie bags and craft sessions. Summer camps and year-long riding lessons coach riders on trotting, dressage, cross-country riding, and jumps of various heights.