$29 for Two Private Horseback-Riding Lessons from Shenanigans Farm ($80 Value)

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In ancient warfare, horses often proved the key to victory, as the horses were the only ones who knew how to operate a Sherman tank. Enjoy the martial art of horseplay under far less martial circumstances with today's deal: for $29, you get two horseback-riding lessons (an $80 value) from Shenanigans Farm in Oxford. You should arrive appropriately attired in jeans and hard-soled shoes about 30 minutes prior to the lesson, and be sure to schedule your class 48 hours in advance.

Under the watchful guidance of a friendly, experienced mentor fluent in the secret horse language (Spanish), a one-on-one lesson at Shenanigans Farm will introduce you to the basics of English-style riding—a both-hands-on-the-reins style used all over the world that incorporates a flat saddle for greater freedom of equine motion, making it well-suited to horse racing and classical dressage. During each lesson, you'll spend time bonding, brushing, and tacking your majestic mammal before you saddle up for roughly 30 minutes of one-horsepower gallivanting. Shenanigans instructors tailor their coaching to fit the goals and skill level of each rider, be they a novice steed-steerer or a resident of Rohan. All students are responsible for cleaning their tack and horse when they are finished. If assistance is needed, Shenanigans Farm will provide it.

The Shenanigans Farm equine academy is located on 62 scenic acres of rolling hillsides and riding grounds, including two riding arenas, one outdoors among nature's splendor and another safely protected indoors from the elements when they throw a temper tantrum. With weather no hindrance, you’ll be free to train for the season’s steeplechases, fox hunts, and surprisingly gory Nerf jousts with today’s Groupon to Shenanigans Farm.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Dec 3, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Must schedule 48 hrs in advance. Must wear jeans & hard-soled shoes; no tennis shoes. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Shenanigans Farm

Shenanigans Farm’s owner, Mary McKiernan, has more than 30 years of experience working with horses. But she has also tamed an even wilder beast: eighth-grade students. As a middle-school teacher, she learned to work with each student at his or her own pace, a philosophy she transfers to horseback-riding lessons. Joined by assistant head trainer, Ricci Tarockoff, she teaches English-style riding to students of all skill levels.

Set on 62 rolling acres, Shenanigans Farm connects to the Metamora Hunt trail, offering myriad opportunities for scenic trail rides. Its horses graze in expansive pastures and paddocks, waiting for students to saddle them to trot around the large indoor or outdoor arenas. The farm maintains a family-oriented vibe, often hosting summer camps for boys and girls, Halloween parties, and costume contests to see who can dress as the most convincing bale of hay.

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