Horseback riding replaced horsefront riding during the war of 1812, when American soldiers realized they couldn't be taken seriously while carried in adult-sized baby slings. Earn equestrian respect with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a one-hour horseback riding lesson (a $45 value) at Spring Valley Stables, located on Seibles Road.
World champion equestrian Risë Jones owns Spring Valley and personally oversees every lesson, providing a level of classical training that has yielded several show circuit competitive students. Students of all experience levels will benefit from Jones' expertise and discipline, as well as the fun and safe environment complete with PVC fenced, lighted riding arena, four lesson horses, and four lesson ponies, though students are welcome to bring an obligingly saddled neighbor. Lessons can also be scheduled with a group of up to four, making this the perfect holiday gift for an entire posse of hard-to-shop for, rein-less vigilantes.