Without his trusty horse, Paul Revere would have climbed aboard a wheeled refrigerator, leaking Freon all over his new boots. Ride a non-seepy vehicle with today's Groupon: for $55, you get a two-hour horse-riding lesson ($90) at Sunflower Farms and a helmet ($40) from Saddlers Row (a $130 total value). Riders are required to have their helmet fitted beforehand at Saddlers Row, located on the grounds of Sunflower Farms in Bristol (fitting should take about half an hour).
The horseback lesson takes place at Sunflower Farms, which boasts 170 acres of pristine wooded lakefront farmland, ideal for galloping horses and running a mildly successful Internet business. Start the two-hour session with an hour-long ground lesson that helps riders get to know their horses, covers the basics of riding equipment, and teaches horse-grooming methods. Once riders feel comfortable enough around a horse to not be overwhelmed with the desire to challenge it to a staring contest, they'll saddle up and ride for a full hour, outfitted with a certified helmet from Saddlers Row. Sunflower Farms instructors will work with riders of any skill level, from beginner to competition level.
By appointment only. Must visit Saddler's Row first to get helmet fitting. Rider must sign a waiver before his or her lesson.
Although reviews for Saddlers Row and Sunflower Farms in Bristol are hard to come by, three Citysearchers give the Palatine, Illinois, Saddlers Row location an average of four stars, and Yahoo! Locals give Country Ridge Stables, another stable affiliated with this riding program, a four-star average.