when I was riding my horse I was listening to my I pod while on the trail (big mistake!)and when I looked up a small apple tree there was a momma bear and close by in the feild was her baby.the mama didnt do anything it just looked at us.it was in the smoky moutains so she was probably used to us anyways because of all the people up there with their horses.but it scared the heck out of me.my horse didnt do anything until I looked up and he kinda saw it at the same time I did he didnt spook really just kinda....jigged.the bear was probably 5 feet up a 10 foot tree and I was 20 feet away from it.yeah never go up to smoky moutain with a young horse.too many copperheads,bears,rattlesnakes,elk,itll scare a horse to death,not to mention get you killed!when I went to water my horses I couldnt because of all the copperheads!!! I sat there and killed(by stomping,squishing,and beheading)about 32 copperheads before it was even safe to go down and water my horses(yeah you can tell im not scared of snakes).lol : )it took
Me about 2 hours to water them because of all ....the omg a snake!!! No wait its a stick thing my horses did.
Oh yeah I went there a year ago and I saw three beaars momma and two little ones. It was the sweetest thing ever one of the cubs fell in the water. The momma looked at me and made some noise and went to back to what ever she was doing. She didnt mind me one bit. But I didnt want to push it I turned around and walked a different way.
Mmmm....I have seen coyotes and such on a trail. A pack of wild dogs who after me tried to get me when I fell off of barney. I saw barney kick one and that's when I passed out I woke up with barney just standing above me and when I got up one was laying there barley alive. He was dead two min later....