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The Loft at Walnut Hollow
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The Loft at Walnut Hollow Ranch

Located in the beautiful Nantahala Mountain Area of the Great Smokies in Western NC. Read more.

Trail Riding: Horse Vacation Tips

  1. Use correct, maximum tire pressure
  2. Check lights
  3. Inspect braking system
  4. Grease the hitch ball
  5. Have a spare trailer tire
  1. Start on electrolytes and salts 3 days before the trip
  2. Offer water each stop
  3. Have shoes on all 4's a week before the trip
  4. Pack breast collar and crupper
  5. Bring a copy of your current coggins
  6. Pack rain gear


Under North Carolina Law, an equine activity sponsor or equine professional is not liable for an injury or the death of a participant in equine activities resulting exclusively from the inherent risks of equine activities (Chapter 99E of the North Carolina General Statutes).

As a visitor/ guest of Walnut Hollow Ranch, I hereby knowingly execute this waiver of the right to sue and do hereby agree to assume all risks associated with participation in any ride sponsored by Walnut Hollow Ranch, or in riding on the premises as a visitor/ guest of Walnut Hollow Ranch.

I agree that my participation in the ride involves certain inherent risks, which include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) horseback riding involves being in remote areas for extended periods of time, far from communications, transportation, and medical facilities; that these areas can have many natural and manmade hazard which FENCE cannot anticipate, identify, modify or eliminate, these hazardous surface/subsurface conditions including such things as rocks, trees, puddles, streams, fences, jumps and/or hard objects and/or holes, divots, ledges which could cause an equine to trip and/or fall and/or could strike a participant who falls from or is thrown from an equine; (2) that horses can behave in unpredictable ways which can result in accidents to anyone at any time, resulting in injury, severe injury, or death; (3) that an equine’s reaction to sound, movements, objects, vehicles, persons, animals, scents or insects cannot be predicted.

I agree to take full responsibility for myself/my child, and the animal I/my child is riding. I will hold harmless Walnut Hollow Ranch, its employees, instructors, all ride personnel, and all property owners over whole land the ride crosses, their representatives, successors and assigns, for any accident, injury or loss that might occur due to my participation in the Walnut Hollow Ranch sponsored ride or while on the Walnut Hollow Ranch premises, and free from all liability for such injury or loss, including that due to negligence not caused by wanton or willful misconduct of Walnut Hollow Ranch, or event personnel. This release extends to all claims of every kind and nature whatsoever, whether known or unknown, and I expressly waive any benefits that I may otherwise have under provisions of the law of North Carolina relating to the release of known claims. I understand that this release constitutes a limitation on my legal rights.

I further agree that any tack or articles of any nature let on the premises of Walnut Hollow Ranch is entirely at my own risk. This Waiver of Rights and Assumption of Risk supercedes all prior agreements and understandings and may not be changed or terminated orally, and no change or attempted waiver of any of the provisions hereof shall be binding unless in writing. The undersigned verifies acceptance of risks and responsibilities for rider’s and horses’ conditions and certifies that all information on this form is correct to the best of his/her knowledge.


Warning - Under North Carolina law, an equine activity sponsor or equine professional is not liable for an injury to or the death of a participant in equine activities resulting exclusively from the inherent risks of equine activities. Chapter 99E of the North Carolina General Statutes.