The Most Outlandish of Offers?

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I still get those discount deals in my email. I think I probably get 100 or so a day. Really. On all my various email addresses (and at last count, I had nine…and that’s just the ones I remember creating) I have at least ten offers per day…so 10 x 9 = 90. Pretty close to 100, right?

This week I got one that I actually stopped to read about because it was just sooooo “out there.”  It was a combination “Couples Workshop” and “Horseback Riding.”

I just don’t get how the two are related, but here’s what they describe:

“When it comes to maintaining a healthy relationship, horsing around can actually be a good thing — as long as it incorporates one of the gentle, noble steeds you’ll find at this locale:

• $75 ($150 value) for a 60- to 75-minute couples’ workshop
• Led by a highly experienced mental health and equine professional
• Utilizes Equine Assisted Learning

Rein in Conflict…
After discussing your goals as a couple, a specialist will guide you through a series of tasks utilizing one of the docile horses. These activities are designed to enhance communication, trust, and your emotional connection to your loved one, as well as provide some creative problem-solving solutions you can use at home.”

Now, as you might imagine if you know how my sort of twisted mind works, this posed all sorts of questions to me:

First of all, I was very confused by the phrase “equine assisted learning.”  At first I thought that it had something to do with helping a horse learn how to read..or maybe trot? Then I realized that it meant the horses helped you learn!

When it comes to “exercises,” does it involve things like standing on the saddle and trusting your partner to catch you when you fall? (which you most certainly will unless you are part of a circus.) do you get to bring the horses home with you to continue the process?

What on earth is a “highly experienced mental health and equine professional?” is he a combination Paul Revere and Sigmund Freud?  does this mean he does therapy by horseback?

Then, as far as the communication part of it goes, what do you say to each other? things like “I trust you won’t let this beast trample me to death.”

How do you know that the horses are “docile?” I’ve known some horses that I was told were “docile” but get them within sight of the stable? no amount of yanking on the reins and let’s face it, my screaming, ever got it to stop before it got to the barn…which, on one such occasion, was about three miles away across an open field.  That was when I learned to stay in the saddle during a full gallop. However, I hadn’t planned on learning that that particular day…

Finally, a note to all of you loyal blog-followers: never believe anyone who tells you that a horse named “Diablo” is calm and obedient. I fell for that once…literally.


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