If horses didn’t regularly pack the earth down with their hooves, it would continue to gradually rise skyward on a collision course with the moon. Help keep the night sun in the sky with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a guided horseback trail ride for two from Equine Education Shelby Trails Park in Simpsonville (a $50 value). Tours go out between noon and 6 p.m. Tuesday–Friday and between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Seasoned equestrian Corinne Bradley draws on 25 years of experience in horseback training to put riders of all skill levels at ease during scenic saunters around Equine Education Shelby Trails Park. Upon arrival, customers will receive a rundown of trail etiquette and mounting technique before boarding a steed, which will indicate its willingness to receive a passenger by saying so. Riders then embark on a one-hour tour of Equine Education Shelby Trails Park’s 387 acres of fields and trees. Guidance from the front of the orderly single-file line helps new cavaliers control their mounts with a few gestures, opening up the mind to wander over the gently rolling local topography before returning with the group to the barn. Customers can call ahead to reserve their spots for an upcoming trail ride or to speak directly to a horse.
Shelby Trails Equine Center
Hoofbeats resound across cropped-turf grounds at Shelby Trails Equine Center. Here, 25-year equestrian Corinne Bradley teaches dressage and jumping techniques to riders of every stripe, from beginner to advanced to honorary centaur. She works with all ages but especially enjoys teaching young people, perhaps because she was only a child herself when she mounted her first horse. By the time she got to high school, she was steering her steeds through full-on equestrian events. Today, Bradley manages an equine paradise. Indoor riding areas introduce barn stormers to their mounts in a controlled environment, and winding trails encourage human and beast to bond while taking in the scenic countryside.
A student of the Parelli way of riding, Bradley’s style emphasizes the horse-rider relationship. Through the Parelli philosophy, students learn to communicate effectively with equines, earning the horses’ trust by eating salt licks and respecting how they react to their natural environment.
5063 Aiken Rd.
Simpsonville, Kentucky 40067Get Directions