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Animal experience hosted by Maria

3 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 3 people
Includes drinks and equipment

What you'll do

Firstly, we will get to know each other and every person's comfort level with the horses as well as sign some paperwork. Secondly, we will saddle up! Familiarize yourself with your horse and the tack as well as take in the sights and smells of the farm (which are much better than you may think!). Our horses want to get to know you as much as you would like to get to know them. If you are lucky, our barn cats - Loretta and Nyx - as well as our St. Bernards may come for a chat. Then, we will spend a bit of time in the arena to learn the seat and commands. This lets you become more comfortable with your horse. If any problems arise, I will address them in the ring to put your mind at ease. Lastly, we will take a leisurely ride around the 180 acre property. We generally see White-tailed Deer and turkey on these rides. If you are coming in the evening, you will be treated to a beautiful sunset with the mountains in the background.

After we get back to the barn and give the horses a well deserved treat, come up to the house for a glass of sweet tea or coffee. Snacks will also be available. If you didn't meet them before, the St. Bernards will definitely visit you now.

My horses can have riders up to 20% of their body weight. This is more accommodating with experience.
Other things to note
Horses are large animals with personalities just like humans. They are also just as smelly as they are wonderful. Be prepared to get dirty! Please message me beforehand to discuss directions.
Firstly, we will get to know each other and every person's comfort level with the horses as well as sign some paperwork. Secondly, we will saddle up! Familiarize yourself with your horse and the tack as well as take in the sights and smells of the farm (which are much better than you may think!). Our horses want to get to know you as much as you would like to get to know them. If you are lucky, our barn cats - Loretta and Nyx - as well as our St.…
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What's included

  • Drinks
    Beverage of your choice after ride on the front porch
  • Equipment
    Saddle, Bridle, Helmet

Meet your host, Maria

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 24 Reviews
  • Identity verified
I have been showing, riding, training, and teaching about horses, since I was quite young. I have been in 4H and placed regionally in horse judging and placed for nationals in the Paso Fino specific league. Other than showing Paso Finos, I have shown Saddlebreds professionally. Currently, I train horses on our property and have some young riders that have taken lessons at the farm. My family and I regularly complete trail rides upwards of 30 consecutive miles through the national forest.
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Thu, May 13
$75 per person
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Fri, May 14
$75 per person
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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$75 per person
Sat, May 15
$75 per person
$75 per person
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Where you'll be

The barn - complete with horses, chickens, and our guardian St. Bernards.
Chestuee Creek - the creek that borders our property

Rated 4.96 out of 5 from 24 reviews.

Megan
May 2021
Such a fun experience. The ride is beautiful. So much fun! Maria is so sweet and takes good care of us and the animals. She also worked to reschedule with us since the day we had originally planned was rained out.
David
April 2021
Maria’s horseback riding experience was magical and was the highlight of our 10th anniversary. Before getting started, you’ll meet your horse. We had Mocha and Allie. After bonding with them, you’ll learn the basics of how to direct your horse before heading out for a memorable experience. You will also see an array of other animals on the farm that will round out your experience. Maria was patient, helpful, and made sure we felt safe and comfortable at all times. Thank you for a great experience, Maria! I look forward to booking again in the future!
Maria’s horseback riding experience was magical and was the highlight of our 10th anniversary. Before getting started, you’ll meet your horse. We had Mocha and Allie. After bondi…
Alen
March 2021
Maria was great, sweet and kind. this experience was awesome. animals are well taken care of and Maria gives you a lesson before riding. nice opened land with plenty of space and nothing to worry about.
Allison
March 2021
This was an amazing horse back riding excursion. It was my first time riding, and it came pretty naturally. My friend has a little more experience than me and she had a blast too. You get to meet chickens, cats, and dogs!! Ana amazing experience with a gorgeous view (I recommend going during the sunset). Maria made us feel right at home, part of the family.
This was an amazing horse back riding excursion. It was my first time riding, and it came pretty naturally. My friend has a little more experience than me and she had a blast too.…
Michael
January 2021
If you are ever in TN, and looking for a horse back riding experience Maria definitely gets 3 thumbs up. Will definitely be going back.
Ashley
March 2020
This was such a great experience!! It was everything we wanted it to be. The horses were lovely and so fun to ride. The farm is beyond beautiful and Maria and her family were incredibly sweet! We didn’t have a problem finding the farm either, google maps took us directly to it. It was my husbands first time riding a horse so Maria made sure to give him all the knowledge he needed to ride safely. We had a blast! They even let us see the chickens & get some eggs! I would definitely recommend this to anyone interested in horses and county living. Exactly what we wanted!
This was such a great experience!! It was everything we wanted it to be. The horses were lovely and so fun to ride. The farm is beyond beautiful and Maria and her family were incre…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 3 guests ages 9 and up can attend.

What to bring

Closed toe shoes

Long Pants