Centaurs were popular in ancient myths for their versatility, combining astounding foot speed with the ability to wear ironic T-shirts. Honor the memory of these half-horse hipsters with today’s Groupon: for $69, you get two private horse-riding lessons at WillowMay Farm in Newtown Square (a $160 value).
A stable of affable steeds awaits the saddle-top guidance of beginner through advanced riders, who trot and canter through personalized half-hour lessons in the fenced pastures of a 36-acre farm. Professional instructors customize lessons to meet individual goals, from flatwork mastery to high-hoofed jumping and mane-braiding. The farm’s gallant horses and ponies are impeccably trained, guiding timid riders along with confident strides and periodic whinnies of encouragement.
Training students in styles such as dressage, hunter jumper, and trail riding, WillowMay Farm nurtures equine enthusiasts by emphasizing the relationship between horse and rider. Riders will practice different skills depending on their individual levels of horsemanship, though all are advised against wearing shorts, sneakers, sandals, and hay-scented perfumes to their scheduled lessons.