Horseback riding replaced horsefront riding during the War of 1812, when American soldiers realized they couldn't be taken seriously while being carried in adult-sized baby slings. Giddy-up like a grownup with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a one-hour private horseback riding lesson at Garlands Farm in Powhatan, plus 15% off a second lesson (a $50 value).
Garlands Farm is the pony playground of master horse trainer Tommy Garland, who teaches rookie riders and experienced equestrians how to gallop into the sunset with style. After befriending one of the farm's more than 40 oat eaters, trotters ages 7 and up will receive one hour of one-on-one instruction in Western-riding technique and unsaddling etiquette from instructor Lauren Martin, learning to lead steeds with confidence, patience, and respect. Then after the session, riders can get a 15% discount on a second session to learn why these much-admired creatures adore sugar cubes and Civil War re-enactments.
When Garland's not training horses and humans, he hosts a popular audio and video podcast series and cares for his hoofed herd alongside his foal-loving wife and kids. Peppered with trails, arenas, and riding rings, the Garland family's training facility abounds with indoor and outdoor spots for loping, leaping, and deep-sea horse snorkeling.
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