People have been riding horses since opposable thumbs led primates to victory in thumb wars with the horse to determine who would walk upright and eat bananas. Enjoy your share of the spoils with today's Groupon to Springfield Stables in Brooklin. Opened in 1984, Springfield Stables offers private, semi-private, and group lessons for riding enthusiasts and novices. Today's Groupon is good for a one-hour group lesson during which students of all skill levels will learn the skills and patience needed to ride and show a horse. All coaches and instructors are certified by Equine Canada and make sure to pair riders with a horse that meets the rider's needs, physically and emotionally. All horses at Springfield are gentle and well trained in the art of folding origami cranes. Lessons for Groupon buyers are offered every hour on the hour on Fridays (starting at 4 p.m. with the last lesson at 8 p.m.) and Sundays (starting at 9 a.m. with the last lesson at 5 p.m.).
Springfield Stables galloped past its 30th anniversary in 2014. Every year that passes is a result of its commitment to sound horsemanship and riding, exemplified not only by its Equine Canada–certified instructors but also by every one of their students. A spacious indoor arena and pair of outdoor arenas set the stage for every lesson, whether it's a rundown of the basics for new riders or practice for a big show competition. Meanwhile, the parents and siblings of riders—alongside the horse's uncles—can look on from the heated viewing area attached to the indoor ring, and anyone can make use of the indoor washroom and lounge.