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 Vail Meadows Equestrian Center in Oregon. This Groupon is not valid for therapeutic riding lessons. Choose between the following options:
• For $17, you get one 60-minute horseback-riding lesson (a $35 value).
• For $60, you get four 60-minute horseback-riding lessons (a $120 value).
Vail Meadows Equestrian Center’s NARHA-certified instructors saddle up stables full of trained steeds for Western-style rides across the verdant 25-acre property. Multitalented equines trot beneath riders of all ages and abilities—including special-needs adults and children—in the climate-controlled indoor facility, which shelters year-round riding, and across a larger outdoor facility that lays the groundwork for full-speed gallops. Three stocked barns house horses to suit complete novices, competitive hopefuls, and actors researching roles for community-theater productions of Equus. Well-tended barns and a house recognized by the Oregon Historical Society populate the scenic facility, located only a half mile from Maumee Bay State Park. Students can dismount from horses to pal around with myriad other critters, including ducks, goats, a pig, and a miniature horse with an average-size sense of whimsy.
Vail Meadows Equestrian Center
At Vail Meadows Equestrian Center, experienced trainers employ a holistic approach to horseback riding and instruction to help riders to develop life skills and live healthfully. Its 25-acre farm abuts the Maumee Bay State Park bridle trails, allowing riders to explore tree-laden mazes in addition to open pastures. Ducks, goats, and pot-bellied pigs roam the landscape, peeking into the historic 1893 barn while students improve concentration and problem-solving skills through therapeutic sessions. In another barn, beginners bond with new four-legged friends over the western riding techniques they have just mastered. Programming also includes riding opportunities for veterans, field trips for classes of students, and weekend horse camps for teens and adolescents. During camp sessions, young visitors participate in farming- and nature-related learning adventures before retiring to a warm indoor bunk, preventing them from having to rely on starlight to read copies of The Iliad written in hieroglyphics.
6118 Cedar Point Rd.
Oregon, Ohio 43616