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Jack's Livery Stable
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Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Excellent choice for a fun and unique activity on the island. Horses seem to be well cared for and the staff is always pleasant.

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Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

We rent a horse and buggy for a hour ride and this was by far my kids favorite activity on Mackinaw. The stable makes it easy to rent and to be honest, the horses know where they are going. So much better than hiring someone else to drive you.

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Reviewed 20 August 2017

We were looking for a venue to share with our Grandchildren. And thought what better way to "take charge" than renting a buggy and driving the kids all over the island?!

Ha, we were onto something. We called and then went down to Jacks Livery, the people were absolutely polite, helpful, and understanding! We had three adults and two small children, and got our buggy going on a misty day!

Our horse, Bill, was great, big, and challenging, all at the same time. Yep, we went for it. Of course, we thought BIll knew the way around the island... Wrong! But, after
clopping along and missing two turns, we finally made it back to the stable.

But, We did have a great time, the Livery People were wonderful and accommodating. Got to say memories of this ride, and the scenery, will be with all of us for many years, to come! Thanks Jacks Livery Stable!

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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

We wanted to go for a buggy ride!
We made an appointment with them to get a buggy and horse for the next day!!! Because during tourist time, they are real busy and run out of horses and buggy's!
We went on the hour and a half trip around part of the island! It was so nice and relaxing!!! My wife really enjoyed the experience! Very restful trip! The horses are excellent and very professional!!!
They know the route and you can not get loss, they will not let you get loss!! We had a wonderful horse named Tom! If you get Tom, please tell him, that we still love him!!! Great horse!!! He knows his stuff!!!
Well, after we finish our trip and back to the stable. We ran into some friends of ours and they were going to take a longer tour!
They ask us to go with them and we jumped at the chance to go on another carriage ride for over 2 hours! Another great horse!!!
I think this is the only place in America where you can rent a buggy and horse and you are the driver! By the way they will give you free lessons on how to handle your horse!!!
Wonderful, relaxing experience!!
This is so much fun, you will never forget driving a horse and buggy on the island!!!!!
Go enjoy and have fun!!!!

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Reviewed 13 August 2017

Jacks Livery was a great place to rent horse and buggy!

During the first week of August we visited Mackinac Island and stayed at Grand Hotel.

We learned that you could rent a horse and buggy and actually drive yourself around the island. Jacks Livery was right down the street from our hotel and we found the people there to be so nice. A man and woman (who we believe to be the owners) worked with us to make sure we had the right horse for the job. That horse was “Shortly” who was a beautiful animal.

Note – you don’t have to have any prior experience with horses in order to rent. We got the two-seat buggy but if you had a family with kids, you can rent a bigger buggy.

All of the horses appeared well cared for and the carriages were in great shape. We were not sure if they were original or replica carriages but either way, you felt like you had gone back in time.

We were provided with an information sheet complete with all the does and don’ts’ of carriage driving and a highly detailed map of all the different routes around the island. A good 15 minutes was spent tailoring the trip to our liking and we never felt rushed.

In addition to the information about the horse and buggy, they also shared information about the island itself as only someone who had grown up there could do. You had the felling you were talking with a neighbor rather than business people and their genuine pride in the island definitely showed.

“Shorty” was great on our nearly 2hr trip and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves as we toured the trails in the forest, passing the Grand Hotel and many of the “cottages” which are really mansions along the island.

The prices were more than reasonable and we highly recommend dropping in and spending a few hours – it will be more than worth it.

Thank Travelingfool34
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