The term “horsepower” comes from the chant that horses used to shout at engineers working on the newfangled railway system. Befriend trailblazing stallions and mares with today's Groupon: for $30, you get two private horseback-riding lessons at St. Croix Training Center in Hudson, Wisconsin (a $60 value).
St. Croix Training Center's horse-whispering founder, Gail Simpson, leads a team of equine trainers skilled in helping riders find comfort in the saddle. Two 30-minute lessons split time between mounting majestic beings and working beside them to learn the arts of grooming, saddling, and using oat bags in ventriloquism routines. Skilled staff members edify riders of all ages and skill levels with various riding techniques, including hunt, Western, and saddle seat, in a choice of an outdoor arena or mammoth heated indoor barn. Purchasing multiple Groupons lets riders enjoy lessons simultaneously, and evening and weekend lessons cater to the busy schedules of equine CEOs overseeing innovative salt-lick enterprises.