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 $65, you get a one-hour guided trail ride for two at Yorktown Stables (up to a $150 value).
A full-blown equine haven, Yorktown Stables encourages horsemanship through an armada of lessons and activities, including guided trail rides available by appointment. The stable matches human riders to their horse counterparts through use of a compatibility matrix that factors in such characteristics as riding experience and preference for chestnuts versus blonds. Once installed on their steeds, riders take to the ring for a 15-minute introduction that knuckles down on riding basics. Guides then escort groups of about four riders onto trails that meander through more than 100 acres along the scenic Poquoson River. Beginners can opt for parade-speed saunters, and advanced riders can trot and canter to the head of the class. All participants receive a CD of photos from the experience, which can be uploaded to a computer or made into their boss's new screen saver.
At Yorktown Stables, more than a dozen horses can often be found traipsing down trails that wind through acres of pastures and woods nestled alongside the Poquoson River. Helmed by seasoned equestrian Kristen Paster, the stables' staff teaches aspiring riders to bond with these same steeds during lessons in Western, English, and saddleseat riding. This healthy and diverse stable of horses accommodates riders of all levels, whether they’re children or adults, hobbyists or competitors, or humans or sentient saddles.
236 Hansford Ln.
Seaford, Virginia 23696