Like knowing how to swim, the ability to ride a horse isn't necessary for everyday life, but it's a valuable skill to have if you accidentally fall into a pool of ponies. Learn how to keep your head above a horse with today's Groupon: for $30, you get two private horseback-riding lessons at St. Croix Training Center (a $60 value) in Hudson.
Founded 22 years ago by owner and trainer Gail Simpson, St. Croix Training Center offers lessons for riders of all abilities in a spacious, heated indoor arena. The experienced trainers are proficient in hunt, saddle seat, and Western pleasure-riding styles. Equestrians age 6 and older will spend 30 minutes atop their horse working on the basics or fine-tuning their trot, and approximately another half hour on the ground, saddling and grooming their new many-hands-high friend or discussing the history of carrots over a bowl of sugar cubes.
With both evening and weekend lessons available, riders with day jobs or nocturnal tendencies can still get time in the saddle to enjoy horsing around with a horse and pick up some cool new riding moves.