Today's Groupon saddles horseless horse lovers with a horse. For $55, you get a riding package at the Traditional Equitation School that includes a mandatory evaluation lesson ($50), tack class ($25), and one group lesson ($55). Riding horses will be provided, boots can be rented for $5, and you have to wear jeans or riding breeches, or bring your own horse-telepathy visor.
This Burbank riding school is the only west coast school approved by the British Horse Society. As you ride horseback, expert trainers take your first hour-long lesson to evaluate your skill level, and then they explain procedures and give you a tour. After your first lesson, you'll get a two-hour tutorial in horsemanship (tacking), where you'll learn how to saddle and unsaddle your horse and truly communicate with it in its native Sindarin Elvish tongue. Once you're on whispering terms with your steed, you'll be ready for your third and final lesson, where you and your group (two to eight people) will hone equestrian skills (the staff teaches English Dressage, Hunt/Jump, and Western styles of riding) such as turning, trotting, cantering, Western techniques, breakdancing, loop-de-loops, 1080 aerials, inverse jousting, and slow-motion leaps. To make sure your horse and equipment is available when you get there, check the class schedule and book ahead.
Whether you're an actor boning up for the next sword-and-sorcery epic, a romantic hoping to propose to your fiancé on horseback without the horse wandering off mid-proposal, or someone tired of riding a rhinoceros, the Traditional Equitation School will help you equitate your equine equus with equitable equanimity.
Note: Once you begin your package, you must complete it in four weeks; 24-hour notice is required for all cancellations.
- The trainers are great. Patient, knowledgeable and they make the time spent there fun. You get a horse that's fresh and suited to your ability. This is the best place in L.A. to learn to ride. – LAcityslicker, Citysearch
- I live in West Hollywood and the location is easy to get to and convenient. The teachers are helpful, patient and helped me to feel more safe [sic]. I feel more confident because I have been able to work past fears and do things that I did not think were possible. – GillianMarcus, Citysearch
What You Did Not Know: Famous Horses
Americans love horses, as evidenced by the numerous horses that have achieved fame and fortune. Here’s what you didn’t know about some of our most beloved horses:
Secretariat: Sure, he won the Triple Crown, but nobody remembers his greatest accomplishment: being a great dad.
Seabiscuit: The Best Horse in America became a symbol of hope during the Great Depression, an innocent time when Americans rallied behind horses, well-baked pies, and anything remotely great that wasn’t a depression.
Mr. Ed: At the height of his popularity, this acting horse received more than 1,000 fan letters a week, and ate every single one.
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Traditional Equitation School
Traditional Equitation School's experienced trainers introduce bipeds to equine-style movement with a teaching method approved by the prestigious British Horse Society. The team guides students toward saddled proficiency with three riding programs that include jumping, dressage, and Western riding styles. Private and semiprivate classes allow budding equestrians to experience one-on-one instruction, and group classes let them constructively critique the way other students ride into the sunset. Instructors also focus on younger riders with toddler classes and day camps, where they illuminate horse breeds and general horse handling.
Lessons take place at a 72-acre equestrian show-and-boarding facility, stretched across small and large grass fields surrounded by oaks and pines. Riders rest on an outdoor patio, practice skills on weather-resistant footing, and ride late into the evening under powerful floodlights. In order to mount one of the school’s horses, students must be in good health, don a helmet, riding boots, and jeans or breeches, and resist the temptation to wear a horse costume and befriend the steeds. While the school strives to accommodate riders of all experience levels, its facilities are not equipped to accommodate riders with physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities.