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At Cataloochee Range, horses welcome a hug after a painting session.

Paint a Horse
COURTNEY PARRISH leads Samson out of
his stall at Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie
Valley, N.C., and walks him to an area
adorned with brightly colored bottles of
paints. As participants pick up sponges,
brushes and even dip their fingers in the
paint, they won't be trying to capture
Sampson's image on traditional canvas.
Instead, Sampson's body is the canvas.
Parrish says she's often quizzed about
safety, but assures they use non-toxic
paints safe for animals, humans and the

depth and is accessible via dock or
boat.
Divers must register and must show
proof of certification or have an instructor present. All divers must have a
buddy and display the diver-down flag.
Day passes are $12.
Greenbo is the only public SCUBA
area in the country with indoor lodging
and an on-site restaurant. Packages are
available to divers and the park also
offers a full-service campground and
marina.
For more information visit: parks.ky.
gov or call 606-473-7324.
-CARRIE STAMBAUGH

environment.
"We're not going to do anything that
will harm our horses, these horses are
part of the family," she says.
Painting provides a therapy of sorts for
both horse and painter. Samson was having some health problems and seemed
depressed. They took him out of the trail
riding rotation and considered retiring
him. Then they started painting him, and
his health and attitude picked up.
"He loves the interaction with people," says Parrish.
She's seen a similar transformation
among participants. A 92-year-old
woman visiting the ranch wanted contact
with the horses, so she painted one.
"She needed a cane to get around,"
says Parrish, "but by the end of the session she wasn't using the cane and acted
like a kid."
You don't have to be an overnight
guest at the ranch to take part in the
horse painting. The horses vacation in
Charleston from November to April 1, but
in the warmer months they schedule
paintings throughout the season.
Interested people can also call for a private session. It's $10 per person.
Cataloochee Ranch, 119 Ranch Drive,
Maggie Valley, N.C.; cataloocheeranch.
com, 828-926-1401.
-MARLA HARDEE MILLING
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Creature Feature
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Country Roads
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Get Up Early! Great Farm Vacations
Saving Mabry Mill
Photo Essay: Mountain Skies
Signature Mountain Dishes
Waterfront Living
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - The Hike
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Country Roads
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Potomac Highlands Adventures
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Saving Mabry Mill
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Photo Essay: Mountain Skies
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Blue Ridge Country - July/August 2014 - Signature Mountain Dishes
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