The horse and buggy was a popular method of early transportation, far surpassing the bug and buggy, which could barely move and was often destroyed by squeamish gunslingers. Saddle up with today's Groupon: for $99, you get a punch card valid for four horseback-riding sessions at Seaton Hackney Stables in Morristown (a $200 value).
Seaton Hackney Stables' highly skilled instructors work to achieve horse-human harmony via myriad equestrian experiences. With a four-session punch card, riders can saddle up for half-hour private lessons, one-hour trail rides, or one-hour group lessons to learn the ins and outs of trotting tradition ($50), or soak in bucolic beauty during one-hour trail rides on nearby Loantaka Park’s bridle paths ($50). Coaches select equestrian escorts according to skill level and temperament, coupling novices with docile Daisys, seasoned steed handlers with challenging counterparts, and Capricorns with Scorpios.
Whether flying solo through their saddle saga or splitting the punch card with a centaur companion, customers of Seaton Hackney Stables will find the experience both edifying and adventurous. Although each horse comes standard with a saddle, aspiring colt conductors must arrive stable-side at least 15 minutes before showtime bedecked in jeans or riding pants, boots or hiking shoes, and a well-fitting helmet (or the Stables will lend you one).
Seaton Hackney County Stables
Miles of trails snake through the verdant woods surrounding Seaton Hackney County Stables. It's an ideal setting for riders to amble peacefully on horseback or to showcase the skills learned from the full-service facility’s multiple levels of classes. A staff of seasoned equestrians imparts English- and Western-style horsemanship techniques during frequent camps and lessons, introducing pupils of all ages to Seaton's stable of more than 35 resident horses. The staff also shepherds guests on guided trail rides through those idyllic woods or leads offsite excursions to explore area parks.