Although carousels can provide good equestrian practice, they may leave riders with a permanent loop of circus music stuck in their heads. Today's Groupon gets you in the saddle without the maddening soundtrack: for $40, you get a one-hour private horseback-riding lesson at Stonewood Stables in Andover (an $80 value).
Located on a 52-acre tree-lined farm, Stonewood Stables trains horseback riders of all levels and abilities in a professional and supportive environment. Aspiring jockeys can saddle up for a private lesson with one of the facility's experienced and passionate teachers. Tailoring each lesson to the student's needs and goals, the instructor doles out positive, effective riding pointers and advice on how to develop a more convincing cowboy persona. Equestrians training for show competition and fledgling Pegasus riders can gallop off on one of Stonewood's proven show horses in either the indoor or outdoor arenas.