How to Make Friends With a Horse

How to Make Friends With a Horse

Posted by in Pigeon Forge Stables Blog | September 16, 2013
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Horseback riding in Pigeon Forge

Horseback riding in Pigeon Forge is a fantastic way to take in the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. It is also a unique opportunity to build a relationship with one of the 60 horses at Five Oaks Riding Stables. All of our horses are gentle, friendly and pleased to meet new people. We have included some tips on how to earn the trust and respect of a horse you are meeting for the first time.   

Check With Your Instructor

When meeting a horse, always follow the directions given by your instructor. Before touching or interacting with your horse, check with one of our employees to make sure what you are doing is OK. Our instructors have years of experience helping first time riders get comfortable with their new four legged friends.


A great way to begin your relationship with a horse is with a grooming session. In the wild, horses groom each other to show affection and build social bonds. When grooming your horse, use a rubber curry comb to massage the horse’s neck and back. Pay attention to what your horse enjoys and avoid grooming his or her face.

Tone of Voice

When talking to your horse, use a low, soft voice. If you want to get your horse’s attention, do not yell or shout, as this could scare your horse. It is better to simply be patient and wait for your horse to give you his or her full attention.

Five Oaks Riding Stables is the number one destination for horseback riding in Pigeon Forge. For over 27 years, our instructors have been taking riders on unforgettable journeys through our 70 acre nature park. Visit our Reservations page to book your trail ride, or give us a call at (888) 353-4986!


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