Mankind and horses have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship for centuries, with horses providing transportation in exchange for pizza. Hop on the back of an animal whose breath always smells like tomato sauce with today's Groupon: for $100, you get an adult weekend horseback-riding camp at Star Galaxy Stables in Wildwood (a $200 value). Camps are offered June 25–26, July 9–10, and July 23–24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
Star Galaxy Stables furnishes aspiring equestrians with the skills and knowledge requisite for both horse riding and ownership. On the first day of class, an experienced instructor with a 40-year professional training background, shares a myriad of horse-care tricks, including proper grooming methods, nutrition, and bedazzling, while leaving plenty of time for sitting on a horse. The class also covers the differences between breeds, such as which are better for recreation or show, and the estimated costs of ownership. On the second day, take a field trip to The National Equestrian Center, a much larger horse-training operation that has both indoor and outdoor arenas and the stable of a professional trainer.