Horses were once considered man’s best friend, but after the invention of the dog, the horse was rebranded as man’s eccentric, oat-obsessed uncle. Take a journey with the kindest of kinsmen with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a one-hour horseback-riding lesson at West End Equestrian Center in Newbury.
The West End Equestrian Center instructs beginning riders and experienced equestrians alike in English-style riding. Situated on 30 beautiful acres, the center boasts two all-weather, outdoor riding arenas for controlled practice in the sun, rain, or flaming sun-rain. Instructors can aid horsy greenhorns with basic flatwork or guide seasoned equine experts over a series of stadium jumps in preparation for shows or high-speed horse chases through hedge-filled gardens. Parents and friends are invited to tag along to watch, with plenty of space available to gawk at deft displays of dressage prowess. The air-conditioned clubhouse teems with relaxation-encouraging luxuries for post-ride unwinds including comfy chairs, a refrigerator, and a captive Jeremy Irons providing euphonious running narration of everything happening around him.