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Bedford Ramblings
Steve Mills

Does anyone know where a 4 year old could get a pony or horse ride?

Posted Tuesday, August 20, 2013, at 7:47 AM
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  • Henry Horton State Park did have horses and horse back riding at one time....I rode them back in the day...they still might...Clearview farms out 231 N. offers it also...they will let you ride a TN. walker....being a child, an adult might have a little fun riding with them.

    http://www.clearviewhorsefarm.com/horseback-riding.html

    Then there is New Hope Natural Horsemanship I think they do rescues and might have a pony...don't hurt to ask...(615) 556-2731

    3910 Highway 231 N...I think they still exist.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Aug 19, 2013, at 2:47 PM
  • Just don't go to Biltmore in Ashville NC....that was the last time I went with a friend and for 45min. it cost us $50.00 a piece plus a $27.00 each to enter the estate for the day...

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Mon, Aug 19, 2013, at 2:52 PM
  • Out on hardison lane, between hwy 41A north and shaw road.

    There is a farm that advertises horseback riding and lessons.. I don't know anything about it other than seeing the sign as I pass by.

    -- Posted by haybar on Mon, Aug 19, 2013, at 7:03 PM
  • Thanks folks. We tried a few places and did not get what we thought was a solid answer because of her age and height (36") and the short time-frame we had to get it done.

    We finally settled for going to the Wilson County Fair in Lebanon. Since we were there we also got the petting zoo and you know she wore her parents out with ride after ride.

    We did not leave until after 9:30 PM and I was truly impressed with this four-year-old's maturity and intelligence. No screaming, temper fits or arguments during our visit or when the decision was made to call it a night.

    She still had a lot of "energizer bunny" in her. In fact, her great grandmother (95) said she would not stop talking all the way back to Shelbyville.

    I was in another car so I missed out, but I would bet the conversation was intelligent and thoughtful. She and I wondered our yard and garden for several hours looking at plants, bugs, fish, and even cleaned out some pond algae.

    She decided it was yucky but she was the one who kept going back to pull more. I was OK with just clearing the waterfall area, but no, she wanted to get everything in reach and then see if the goldfish liked to eat it.

    Then she realized that we had spent those hours in the front yard so she asked if we had a backyard. Well, we do but it just consists of a tractor shed and fields. No worries, she just called the dogs to go with her and out she charged.

    Speaking of dogs, for some reason our largest dog PITA was afraid of her. She was careful and respectful but before she left, they were best buddies.

    And inquisitive! She asked intelligent questions all through the garden and on every ride she always checked out the mechanics of it to see how it worked.

    It is going to be fun keeping track of her. She handled my smart-phone like a pro so the thousand miles between us should not be a problem.

    I guess she strongly reminds us of our daughter at that age. Whew, her parents have their work cut out for them! :-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Aug 20, 2013, at 8:28 AM
  • By the way, she chose the biggest horse for her ride and rolled with the gait of the horse like a pro. Again, no fuss when the ride was over and went back to give the horse a hug. Boy, she looked tiny next it.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Aug 20, 2013, at 8:31 AM
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