Before the advent of the automobile, riding a horse was the most efficient way to get around next to tying a flock of geese to a lawn chair. Admire a portion of the past with today’s Groupon to Timbermist Farm in Pleasant Hill, approximately five miles from Lee’s Summit. Choose from the following options:
- For $20, you get one private horseback-riding lesson (a $40 value).
- For $38, you get two private horseback-riding lessons (an $80 value).
- For $72, you get four private horseback-riding lessons (a $160 value).<p>
Timbermist Farm, which is stationed on 50 acres of rolling green meadows, hosts a staff of expert equestrians who coach both beginning and experienced riders during individual lessons focusing on safety, control, and confidence. All pupils begin their horseback adventures with private lessons from lifelong horse-riding veterans Chuck Browning and Tina English, who instruct the English technique of riding. The English discipline relies on a flat saddle for an upright riding position rather than a slanted saddle, which leans riders forward, or an upside-down saddle, which causes headaches. Riders may be paired with different horses to teach a new set of skills, establishing a foundation for well-rounded horse knowledge. When met with inclement weather conditions, riders can also hone their abilities in Timbermist’s heated indoor facility.
Timbermist Farm provides helmets, though students should wear proper riding attire, which includes long pants; flat, hard-soled boots with a short heel; and gloves for commanding the horse’s reins and for slapping the secretary of the treasury to precipitate a duel.
Timbermist Farm's stately 50-acre facility sports white plank fences, verdant grounds, and an ivory stable fronted by columns. At this indoor facility, veteran instructor, Chuck Browning, offers lessons to riders of all abilities, imparting knowledge gathered during nearly three decades of training, competing, and counting wooly horses just before bedtime.
Chuck spreads his expertise and shows students how to steer horses in the Farm's indoor training facility, which is open year-round and heated during the winter.