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: for $30, you get two horseback-riding lessons at Westridge Farms in River Falls, Wisconsin (a $70 value).
Westridge Farms opens its stable doors for students of all ages and skill sets, imparting equine edification in spacious outdoor and heated indoor riding arenas. Schooled in Western, English, and hunt-seat styles, Westridge’s skilled instructors will instill the foundations of horsemanship alongside the basic tenets of riding, reining, and forging companion riders out of leather chaps and 10-gallon hats. Atop one of the stable’s majestic steeds, an accomplished set of mares with many titles to their names, students can embark on the development of their trotting talents, or imitate the sentient but immobile penny ponies of yesteryear's five-and-dimes.