At Five Oaks Riding Stables, we have over 60 friendly horses for visitors to ride through our private nature park. Before you spend the day horseback riding in Gatlinburg, check out these incredible facts about our four legged friends:
1. Humans have been riding horses for over 6,000 years.
Experts estimate that humans started to domesticate horses around 4,000 BC in what is today Ukraine. By the year 3,000 BC, the riding of horses was widespread.
2. The oldest horse on record lived to be 62 years old.
Born in 1760, “Old Billy” pulled barges up and down canals in England until his death in 1822. Horses typically only live between 25 and 30 years, making Billy’s lifespan twice the norm!
3. Horses have the largest eyes of any land mammal.
In the wild, horses are hunted by predators, so they need sharp senses to alert them of danger. Horses have very good day and night vision, but they have trouble distinguishing between green and red colors, much like color blind humans.
4. Horses sleep better when in groups.
Horses prefer to sleep in groups so some members of the herd can stand watch for predators while others lie on the ground and catch some z’s. While horses can sleep standing up, it is important that they get at least a few hours of sleep while lying down or they will become severely sleep-deprived and may collapse.
5. Horses drink a minimum of 10 – 12 gallons of water a day.
These thirsty animals are also big eaters. A 990 pound adult horse might eat up to 24 pounds of dry feed a day. That’s over 2% of his body weight!
You’ll be able to see these amazing animals up close and personal when you go horseback riding in Gatlinburg. Five Oaks Riding Stables offers 30 minute and one hour rides through our 70 acre nature park in the Great Smoky Mountains, featuring gorgeous streams and incredible views. Visit our Reservations page to book your trail ride today!