Horses are some of the most perceptive animals, as evidenced by the saying, "You can lead a horse to water, but you can't explain his intimate knowledge of your childhood fears." Tap into equine insight with today's Groupon to Sleepy Sheep Ranch in Whitewright. Choose between the following options:
• For $30, you get two hours of horseback riding in the ranch's arena (a $60 value).
• For $99, you get a two-hour horseback trail ride and pond-side catered dinner for two (a $215 total value).
Beckoning to Sleepy Sheep Ranch's equine residents and their riders, 250 acres of wooded trails, gentle creeks, and idyllic ponds lie beyond the fences of the ranch's outdoor riding arena. On a two-hour trail ride, a duo of horses (a $35 value an hour/horse) escorts couples under the tranquil boughs to the open pond, where flowers and a full picnic basket (a $75 value) await. While sitting beside the serene waters, riders dine on a choice of steak or chicken and a fresh dessert and can propose a toast to Pegasus with a bottle of wine. A flat-bottom boat is also available for cruising the pond and for the horses to practice for their upcoming regatta.
Meanwhile, back at Sleepy Sheep Ranch's riding arena, customers can commandeer a horse to ride for up to two hours (a $60 value). Alternatively, beginners can opt for up to a 90-minute lesson, during which an experienced, communicative instructor trots through the basics of riding one of Sleepy Sheep's beginner-friendly steeds, from holding the reins and saddling to whistling the first five measures of the Lone Ranger theme song.
Sleepy Sheep Ranch
Leafy trees throw cooling shade over Sleepy Sheep Ranch’s zigzagging trails as horseback riders and their steeds trot past ponds and trickling creeks. When not escorting riders around the ranch’s maze of riding trails, resident horses and their goat companions frolic in a sprawling pasture, where both experienced and fledgling equestrians can saddle up their own horses or those that live at the ranch. Sleepy Sheep Ranch provides board and care for local equines whose owners don’t have the space and for local mustangs lying low after losing a road race to a golf cart. Serious riders can peruse a for-sale selection of livestock, which includes a handful of stallions and boisterous goats whose iron stomachs allow them to eat not only their own share of food, but the horses’ and compost bins’ as well.