My family visited Queen's Farms Stables in August, 2011. We were a mixed-ability group of riders: several kids with no experience, two adults who'd never been on a horse, one professional horse trainer and one experienced rider. This is a simple, unpretentious two-person operation; very local and no frills, but rather charming as a result, since the area is filled with slick, smooth-talking guides with canned anecdotes and jokes, and there's none of that here. Just an obviously hard-working man and a woman, a stable full of obedient, gentle horses, and some lovely, woodsy trails with varying terrain. My 11 and 7-year olds were enchanted with the experience and fell in love with their docile mounts, as did my 60-year-old, non-rider sister and brother-in law. My husband, the professional horse-trainer, found nothing to criticize, and I had a great time, too. The genuineness and lack of slickness of the operation was refreshing, and the price was quite a bit cheaper than some of the nearby offerings (Cataloochee Ranch, for example). Good value for the money, and horses that were utterly reliable. The man in charge was attentive to the youngest child in the group at all times, and made sure he was safe and moving along with the others. Take the longer ride (I think it's 90 minutes) rather than the shorter one, as it keeps going uphill through verdant, narrow trails, and the up-and-down terrain makes the ride more fun.
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