You can lead a horse to water, but without proper instruction, you'll never convince it to fill the school’s pool with Jell-O. Enable equine pranksters with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a 90-minute private horseback-riding lesson at RHC Riding Academy in Pleasureville (a $35 value).
RHC Riding Academy's owner and instructor, Erin Reid, edifies basic equine care and riding styles from trail to show with the help of nine intelligent and beautiful steeds. After learning to saddle the hoofed transporters, riders don provided helmets as stallions gallop and trot beneath them with the grace of their penny-powered, grocery-store ancestors. In addition to piloting horses, students brush up on the basics of grooming, tacking, and general care. Although featured Arabian horses are known for their beauty and intelligence, a quick tutorial in equine psychology assists in leading horses and appealing to their id with Mr. Ed quote offs.
Two Groupons may be put toward a two-person 90-minute lesson.
RHC Riding Academy
As RHC Riding Academy’s head trainer, Erin Reid shares a passion for horses that began when her family founded RHC in 1985. A devotee to all things equine since age 5, Erin quickly caught onto the finer points of riding and has instructed students for the past 19 years. Barn manager Debra Reid, who discovered her life’s passion while growing up in Kentucky, managed 70 horses at a breeding facility in Southern California and unites her experience with Erin's. Together they oversee nine horses, several of which are Arabians—prized for their distinctive beauty and superior intellects.
Students come to the facility from all backgrounds to learn proper saddling and riding techniques. Erin supplements her technical training with lessons in horse psychology, helping students bond with steeds or to get them to open up about complex relationships with their mothers. Horses in need of discipline or a hay-filled couch on which to crash can be boarded and trained at the facility, which boasts box stalls, an indoor riding arena, and a large outdoor arena.