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“OK, so none of us had ever touched a horse ...”

Jack's Livery Stable
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“OK, so none of us had ever touched a horse ...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

... but not to worry, you just pay your money, volunteer a driver from your group and head out.
The horse (we had Bud, who I highly recommend) knows the way. You can pretend you're in charge if that makes you feel better, but the horse will take you where you want to go without your guidance, and at the speed of his choice. He'll even stop at the hot dog stand a mile or so down the road.
After an hour or so, you'll pretty much have had your fill of all the sensory experiences that the back end of a horse can provide, and he'll navigate his way back into town, picking up the pace as he gets closer to the stable.
If you really want to see the island, rent a bike. But renting a horse and buggy will make a much better story for the folks back home.

Visited August 2013
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English first
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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174 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Shorty is the best horse there”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

We had the time of our lives due to Jack's Livery Stable and their wonderful horse Shorty. They gave my brother instructions on how to drive the carraige but we know that Shorty pretty well knew his way around the island as well. Thanks again to this wonder Stable and making our vacation XTRA special.

Visited June 2013
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columbus, ohio
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Highlight of our vacation!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013

My husband, 4year old and myself decided to drive our own horse and buggy around the island. I called for reservations and they were very kind and only had a few questions. When we got there the next day they had all of our information out and our horse chosen for us. They went over the maps with us so we felt comfortable and knew what the price would be. They were beyond courteous and accommodating!
Our horse was Rocket and he was wonderful! We never felt in danger and Rocket took great care of us! If you are on the fence trying to decide if you want to do this, JUST DO IT! It was one of my favorite experiences, and I have been on the island 10+ times!

Visited September 2013
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Ohio City, Ohio
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30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“The horse and buggy ride”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2013

Liked the people were friendly. had lots of fun. Horse knew way around, so it was relazing knowing that.

Visited September 2013
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Gillett, Wisconsin
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93 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“King Of The Road”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2013

While on Mackinac Island we rented a horse and buggy. We had been in Horns Bar and another person there told us about Jacks and that we could take a horse and buggy out by ourselves to tour the Island. We went there and sure enough they set us up with a horse and buggy. They gave us King, a big black Belgium horse. When I was very young I worked for a farmer who still used horses on his dairy farm, but that was long ago and King made me a little nervous. He looked young, and ready to go. Well they hooked him up and walked us down the road and taught us how to handle King and how to operate the buggy. It was a wonderful adventure. With King, we were king of the road. As we went along, a lot of the local drivers knew King and called him by name. He was fast, and took us where we wanted to go. He knew the way and would stop when it came times for us to decide what way we wanted to go. It was a wonderful time, and so beautiful traveling around the Island with the King.

Visited September 2013
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