Saturday, March 26, 2016

Big Rock Dude Ranch

Once upon a time, I was pretty damn good at riding horses. I used to ride them a few times a year while going to summer camp. That is, until I had a bad experience. When I was about 10, I had gotten on a horse that was in a temperamental mood. He tried to throw me, and, failing that, tried to roll over on top of me. Still not content to have me on his back, he galloped off the trail and into the forest which smacked my head against several tree branches. I came out of it with some bruises, a few cuts and the feeling that every horse in the world now wanted to bite my face off.

Thirty years later, when the family wanted to go to Big Rock Dude Ranch in Pigeon Forge, TN to ride horses, I was more than a little apprehensive. But, since the family was pretty well set on doing this, I agreed to give it a go. And I'm glad I did. Thanks to the folks at Big Rock Dude Ranch, I've conquered my fear of horses. There really wasn't anything to be worried about. The horses are calm, are responsive to commands and know the trail so well that they could walk it in their sleep. It was just what a nervous rider like myself needed in order to feel at ease.

There's a lot of other stuff to do at Big Rock Dude Ranch besides riding horses. They offer ATV riding, gem mining, fishing (catch and release) and a few other odds and ends. I can't really comment on their other offerings since we didn't participate, but it looks like you won't be bored if you decide to spend part of the day there.

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