Being able to ride a horse was a necessary life skill in the nineteenth century, just like making your own preserves or sending emoticons in telegrams. Learn a lost art with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
$119 for a three-hour morning trail ride and cowboy breakfast for two at 8 a.m. (a $250 total value)
- Three hours of horseback riding and brief lessons (a $35 value per hour, per horse)
- A breakfast of fresh eggs, bacon or sausage, coffee, orange juice, and breakfast burritos (a $20 value per person)<p>
$139 for a three-hour trail ride and cowboy dinner for two at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., or 3 p.m. (a $280 total value) * Three hours of horseback riding and brief lessons (a $35 value per hour, per horse) * A dinner of grilled grass-fed steak, farm-raised chicken, rabbit, goat, or leg of lamb paired with tea, water, or a bottle of wine from Lenoir-Sage Vineyards (a $35 value per person)<p>
Before the three-hour trail ride, an equestrian expert acquaints rider and beast with a 30-minute introductory ride in the ranch’s sandy arena. The guide then leads groups on a mosey beneath the tranquil boughs of trees that dot the edges of recently expanded wooded trails. On the serene shore of a picturesque pond, riders dismount to devise a custom breakfast or dinner, tucking into overstuffed breakfast burritos or picking their evening’s vegetables from a lush organic garden. After the epicurean pit stop, riders remount their steeds and voyage back to the farm, marveling at roaming Texas longhorns and passing by the historic 1800s-era Blanton Cemetery. An optional car ride to the nearby Lenoir-Sage Vineyards can further extend the excursion.<p>
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.