Horses require human guidance to keep from brushing against barbed wire, eating poisonous rocks, and galloping triumphantly into the ocean. Take the reins with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $35 for two group horseback-riding lessons (a $70 value)
- $56 for four group horseback-riding lessons (a $140 value)
- $55 for two private horseback-riding lessons (a $110 value)
Instructors wrangle solo riders or groups of up to five for one hour, spending 20 minutes on saddling and mounting and 40 minutes on riding. Riding methods range from English or Western to jumping, trail trotting, and flying, but each lesson focuses on building a strong seat that serves as the foundation for equestrians of all levels.
West Equestrian Ranch
At age 13, a few years after relocating to the United States from her native Australia, Cheryl West unearthed a passion for horseback riding. Since then, she has become accomplished in both the competitive and educational arenas, including snagging a master certification in equestrian instruction, operating a program for special-needs riders, and ghostwriting a memoir for Mister Ed. At West Equestrian Ranch, Cheryl and her team of seasoned instructors bestow their expertise upon pupils during clinics and group and private lessons. Both are anchored in the philosophy that building a sturdy seat lays the foundation for adept trotting—the lessons gravitate toward English, Western, jumping, dressage, or trail methods fold similar techniques into days of riding, games, and horse care.
Cheryl and her staff also serve the equine community, rescuing one or two horses each year, rebuilding their strength and confidence, and giving them spots on the ranch's competitive team. Meanwhile, they allow kids free rein of a playground and picnic tables, where the stables' gentlest steed whinnies happily as kids finger-paint him with rainbows or complex mathematical equations.