Contrary to conventional wisdom, one can in fact look a gift horse in the mouth, now that the mouth no longer houses the retina-scorching nuclear reactor that powers the horse. Get an eyeful of equine incisors with today’s Groupon to Summit Farm in North Salem. Choose between the following options:
- For $29, you get one 30-minute private riding lesson (a $65 value).
- For $59, you get two 30-minute private riding lessons (a $130 value).
Students mounted on friendly, well-trained steeds hone equestrian skills on a 130’x230’ outdoor ring during Summit Farm’s riding lessons. During a 30-minute private session, a seasoned instructor strives to hone the student’s skills in their choice of equestrian styles, from casual trail riding to show preparation to underwater scuba-polo. In the winter, trot around the heated indoor track’s 180’x80’ space, or learn to dress your equine companion in saddles and bridles from the tack room. Students can also opt to bring their own pony or an even-tempered carousel mount to the session if they choose.
Wreathed by forests and grassy pastures, Summit Farms' recently spiffed-up barn boasts 21 stalls for both resident and visiting four-legged pals. All riders should don comfortable jeans and boots before their lesson, but they’ll be able to borrow a riding helmet to protect their craniums from acorns lobbed by jealous, unmounted squirrels.
Guests at Summit Farm are greeted by a bucolic country scene: horses trot along in open fields, birds dart in and out of thickly wooded ridges, and a farm cat basks lazily in a sunny flowerbed with a belly full of field mice. The privately owned equestrian facility buzzes with activity. As a full-service stable, the farm offers lessons, boarding, showing, and party services while still leaving enough time to fit leisurely trail rides into the daily schedule. Summit Farm's 21-stall barn offers both a hot and cold wash stall and a heated office and tack room. Their indoor ring features a fully enclosed heated viewing area with coffee and other beverages for spectators, and a 130'x230' outdoor ring is also available.
Dedicated trainers expose their horses to a variety of disciplines, enabling them to accommodate many different riding styles and students, and occasionally enter steeds in local hunter paces and AA circuit competitions. The instructors also lead summer riding camps that help beginners acclimate with grooming, tacking, and riding activities. Jeans or long riding pants are required for all riders, along with riding boots and hair ties for kids with shoulder-length beards.