the story:

David contacted me, asking for a location that would have mountains views and horseback riding.  Unfortunately, the stables in Cades Cove do not enter the valley floor, nor do they allow riders to dismount during the trail ride.  But the woman there did advise me to check out Next to Heaven stables in Wears Valley.  There, I found a management willing to accommodate me by allowing the couple to start off on their ride and then driving me up via pickup to the lookout point.  

And there, well, you know how the story goes . . .