2014 is winding down, and it is nearly time to start making your New Year’s resolutions! This year, why not set a goal you’ll actually want to keep? Five Oaks Riding Stables has put together a list of seven reasons to put Smoky Mountain horseback riding on your to do list for 2015.
1. Excellent Exercise Opportunity
Many people mistakenly believe that the only exercise involved in horseback riding is done by the horse. In truth, horseback riding provides an excellent cardiovascular workout. It also helps tone the muscles in your legs and other core areas, improves balance, reflexes, joint mobility and hand-eye coordination, and increases muscle strength without bulking you up. You can even burn up to 400 calories during an hour-long ride!
2. Calling All Animal Lovers
Our stables are located on a 70-acre nature park in the Great Smoky Mountains, so there is a good chance that you will see several wild animals in their natural habitats during your ride. There are 66 different species of mammals and 200 species of birds known in the area, and you may expect to see such Smoky Mountain creatures as white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, black bears, raccoons, woodchucks, woodpeckers, and northern flying squirrels.
We want to make sure that everyone enjoys a safe and comfortable ride, so we have 60 horses to choose from. Our wide variety of horses lets us match guests with the perfect steed for their particular age and skill level. Choose our full, one hour ride that takes you through a six-mile trail that you will want to return to year after year.
4. Nature Abounds
Regardless of which season you choose to go riding, you will be immersed in the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains. Your ride will offer you spectacular views of the mountains with a special view of majestic Mount LeConte and a gorgeous lake. The area is also home to over 1,600 species of flowering plants, 100 native tree species,and 100 native shrub species.
5. Ride Through History
Our horseback riding trails are rich with Appalachian history, and your guide will enhance your ride by talking about the area and pointing out landmarks along the way. Guests will even have the chance to see the remains of an authentic moonshiner’s still during their trail ride!
6. Mental Health Benefits
Horseback riding is a wonderful way to reduce stress and just spend some time feeling calm and relaxed. From the back of your horse, you may find that elusive peace of mind that everyone needs in order to enjoy their life to the fullest. Riding a horse is also a great way to build confidence and self esteem.
7. Great Deals
At Five Oaks, we want everyone to enjoy the wonderful opportunity to ride our horses and enjoy this beautiful area of the country. To help make this more affordable, we offer various specials and discounts throughout the year. Visit our Smoky Mountain Horseback Riding Specials page to see our latest deals and promotions!