If you are looking for a place to enjoy the sights and sounds of summer, one place to look is Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE). The center boasts 384 acres of natural meadows, wetlands and forests, which would be a dream for any outdoor lover. The center has a multitude of year-long and special events that can cater to anyone. Some of the types of activities they offer are bird watching, hikes, and seasonal horse shows and trials. They also have kids from local Saluda schools come for field trips during the school year. The Foothills Equestrian Nature Center is a place where one could spend the day with nature and delight in the local birds while leisurely hiking on their many trails. They also offer paved trails for the physically challenged.
There are two advantages to locals for the center; horse boarding and the TROT (Therapeutic Riding of Tryon) Program. The reputation of the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center’s Equestrian Center has gained notoriety for being one of the finest in the Southeast. Not only can they accommodate over 300 horses, they do so in 11 barns and can furnish everything you would need to show off your horse in their indoor or outdoor show rings. The volunteers at the center are continually giving back to the community by showing how therapeutic horses can be in anyone’s life, especially those with disabilities. Their TROT program pairs individuals, adults or children, with horses and does exercises that can help with an array of physical or emotional benefits. Some examples include the basics of grooming and taking care of a horse, basic showmanship, and physical games to help promote balance, strength, and self-esteem. There is even a TROT horse show for the riders to show off their skills.
Some of the year-long events at the center include horse shows and bird watching. The center caters to several different horse shows, as well as the regional pony club rally. If you are an avid bird watcher, the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center is a truly amazing place to see an abundance of the different types of birds that proliferate the Saluda area. Simon Thompson, director of Ventures Tour Guides, can take you on a magic hour tour of the grounds and some breathtaking views of local avian wildlife.
After a long day of birdwatching and hiking, take a short drive to The Orchard Inn in Saluda, NC. This quaint and relaxing bed and breakfast near Asheville can cater to any need. Perhaps you are the type that enjoys a long massage after a day outdoors? The Orchard Inn has a luxurious spa menu of choices just for you! In addition, if you are famished, they offer a superb summer menu and perfect wine pairings from their select stores to go with your meal. Make sure you catch the sunset before slipping into a peaceful, relaxing sleep in one of their many restful rooms. You can book your stay today!
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