Horsemanship was once a vital skill, much like the ability to avoid sailing off the end of the earth or the ability to discern which pizza trees were poisonous. Master an ancient art of survival with today’s Groupon to Rockin’ L & D Ranch in Escondido. Choose between the following options:
- For $39, you get a 1.5-hour rodeo experience, with barrel racing and roping, for ages 10 and older (a $100 value).
- For $55, you get a 1.5-hour riding lesson, followed by a trail ride, for ages 8 and older (a $125 total value).
Rockin’ L & D Ranch’s owner, Lori Hall-McNary, a third-generation cowgirl and Certified Horsemanship Association instructor of the year—leads a team of riding tutors who coach students in confidently guiding steeds on trail rides and rodeo excursions. Heads dock in protective rental helmets and hooves plunge into riding boots before burgeoning equestrians mount their ranch horse. During heart-and-hoof pounding rodeo romps, riders learn the arts of roping, racing their steed around barrels, and beating barrels in 400-meter dashes under the staff’s careful tutelage. Arena and trail group lessons introduce students to riding basics, ensuring comfort in the saddle and safe technique. Trail rides test newly discovered horsemanship over scenic terrain and forge a centaur-like bond between rider and steed.