Asheville Horse and Carriage Tours

Sterling Silver, a Percheron draft horse in training, stood patiently in his withers waiting for his next patrons near Pack Square.

Asheville Horse and Carriage Tours is the sole service offering carriage tours of downtown Asheville. Owner and driver Catherine Hunter said the carriage draws both positive and negation attention, but stands firmly by her business despite a few vocal dissenters.

Originally reported by the Mountain Xpress in late 2015, Asheville Horse and Carriage Tours has been criticized by local animal rights activists and Hunter said the controversy has continued into this year.

“Some people are trying to get us shut down,” Hunter said.

Part of the mission of Asheville Horse and Carriage Tours, which operates downtown from Thursday-Sunday, is to rescue and rehabilitate abused horses.

Hunter said her horses are fed locally grown whole grain oats and organic supplements, and receive the best veterinary care available.

Local veterinarians and law enforcement claim that the activist’s concerns are not substantiated.

Sergeant Evan Coward said, pointing out the dedicated carriage parking at Pritchard Park, that the city is supportive and amenable to the tour service.

“Of course tourists love it,” Coward said, adding that the police department has not received any complaints that he’s aware of.

Tours operate Thursday-Sunday after 12 p.m. More information and booking information available at their website.