Mounted police opt for equine transportation so they don’t have to deal with the squad car's wailing thirst for gas and justice. Avoid similar automotive appetites with today's Groupon: for $40, you get two one-hour horse-riding lessons at Trinity Farm in Clayton (an $80 value).
Trinity Farm’s skilled instructors put initiates in the saddle while teaching them the fundamentals of building a relationship with their horses. Two people join up for a single lesson, or one rider can savor two 60-minute sessions of piloting a graceful steed. Participants warm up on complimentary cocoa, then step outdoors for a wintry exploration of basic seat control, balance, pre-riding stretches, and post-riding cartwheels. Instructors divulge the art of saddle-seat riding, a tradition born in England but modernized in America, which is set apart by the arched neck and high-stepping motions of the horse, showcased during walking, trotting, cantering, and executing awkward interpretations of Rockettes routines.
Students are required to wear long pants, firm-soled, closed-toed shoes, and appropriate weather attire. Classes take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday–Friday. Helmets will be provided and fit comfortably beneath hats 12 gallons and higher.