If horses didn’t regularly pack the earth down with their hooves, it would continue to gradually rise skyward on a collision course with the moon. Help keep the night sun in the sky with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get two one-hour personal horseback-riding lessons (a $100 value) and a half-hour horse-grooming tutorial (a $20 value) at Woodgate Farm Equestrian in West Boylston (a $120 total value).
Instructing riders on a lush 22-acre farm, Woodgate Farm's retinue of experienced instructors coaxes the equestrian spirit out of beginning riders with two private horseback-riding lessons. Like the quality of tomato-throwing at opera performances, the one-hour lessons vary depending on skill level, with novices learning the basics of prepping, mounting and walking their four-legged vessel. More advanced riders can spend their session cantering through the indoor or outdoor arena or practicing gravity-besmirching tricks over the full set of jumps. Seasoned horse whisperers pair each rider with one of the eight mellow horses and ponies, offering jaunts calm enough to put the Energizer bunny to sleep. After mastering the primary pony skill sets, saddleriders learn how to give back to their equine friend with a lesson in grooming. Doting hands brush manes and pelts, clean feet, and learn the step-by-step process to prevent galloping pals from rusting.
335 Lancaster St.
West Boylston, Massachusetts 01583