Our Horses

Freedom has four legs.

Our horses are vital partners in making a difference in the lives of our participating children. Saddle Up! horses are “a breed apart” – very special animals carefully selected for their talents and temperament and trained for their roles. Meet our therapeutic horses below – a variety of breeds and sizes – all qualified to be partners and special friends for our children. We have several more horses and ponies in training, looking for their opportunity to join these special mounts.

Do you have a horse you would like to donate to our program?

In order to provide safe and effective services, Saddle Up! relies heavily on equine donations. Due to the population we serve, we are looking for equines who will be able to happily and safely serve our participants for many years. Saddle Up! is dedicated to providing quality care to their equines through nutrition, training, conditioning, veterinarian and farrier care, as well as individualized retirement plans.

Once you have completed the application, please email it to lwood@saddleupnashville.org or fax it to (615) 794-7973.  Please allow 7-10 business days for staff to receive and review the application. If you haven’t been contacted by a staff person after 7-10 business days, please feel free to contact the main office at (615) 794-1150 and ask to speak with Lindsey Wood. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

Horse Wishlist

  • Horses of average size (15 - 16 hands)
  • Ponies (11 – 14 hands)

Are you interested in adopting a retired Saddle Up! horse?

Horse Adoptions

Saddle Up! wants to provide the best for our therapy horses, even after retirement. If you are interested in providing a forever home to a retired horse or would just like to be on the list when one becomes available, please review our Horse Adoption Process. Once you have reviewed the process click continue to complete our Horse Adoption Application. Completed applications can be emailed to the Equine Manager or faxed to our office (615) 794-7973.

Meet the Herd



15.3h quarter horse gelding, born 2008

Once owned by a country music star, Arrow gave guided trail rides. He's named from arrow pattern on his coat, and his personality is very similar to a Labrador retriever puppy.



16h American Warmblood, born 2001

Bailey came to us after his career as a fox hunter. Bailey is the most patient and forgiving horse you will ever meet. He is great with every child he has met.



16h Belgian Draft cr. gelding born 1999

Baron's long flowing locks make him a barn favorite, and he loves to let them blow in the wind. Patient and understanding, he's an awesome addition to our herd.



15.3h Quarter Horse Belgian cross, born 2003

Ben competed as a 3-day eventer and was a favorite lesson horse for summer camps. He likes to be the boss of his herd.


Big Mack

16.3h Georgian Grande born 2004

Big Mack is known for his size, and his celebrity look-a-likes, the Budweiser Clydesdales! He is a great horse for our larger riders.



15h Quarter Horse, born 2001

Boomer is known for his trot. He has the comfiest trot on the farm. Before coming to Saddle Up! in 2019, Boomer was a champion team roper.



12.2h Silver Bay Welsh Pony Gelding, born 2000

Chip was a Hunter Jumper before arrival. Check out his unique coloring; his undercoat is a different color than his topcoat.



12.2h grey pony mare

After joining Saddle Up! in 2011, Gabby fast become a barn favorite with her great size and temperament. She is every child’s ‘dream pony’ and we love having her here.



15.3h quarter horse gelding, born 2006

Formerly a champion team roper, Hobie's very patient and has a very slow walk, despite his size. His short tail makes it easy to identify him in the pasture.



15.1h quarter horse, born 2011

Jac was a reigning horse prior to joining in 2018. He is known around the barn for his good looks. We say he is our California dude because of his blonde mane and tail.


Jelly Bean

12h chestnut pony, born 2005

Before Saddle Up!, Jelly Bean taught many kids riding and jumping. He loves hanging out with his best friend, Sampson. You will often find the two sharing a pile of hay.



13h Pony of the Americas, born 1999

Oscar's previous job was showing and teaching lessons. His cuteness is noticed by all students and volunteers. He is a great pony for independent riding.



12.2h bay gelding pony, born 1999

Pedro was used for beginner lessons before starting his work in our program. His active trot and short stature make him an excellent mount for our young riders.



14.3h quarter horse gelding, born 2005

Previously owned by a rider who used a wheelchair, Rocco is ridden completely through voice commands! An amazing asset!



11h bay pony gelding, born 2008

Sampson is an adorable flirt with his punk rock mohawk and large personality! He came to us through Safe Harbor rescue and loves his job and life at Saddle Up!.



15.1h quarter horse, born 2002

Scooter is known for his distinct facial features - a droopy lip from some facial paralysis - making him easily recognizable. Scooter was previously a team roper.



15h bay Paint gelding, born 2001

Shiloh is our most inquisitive equine and loves all people. He strives for attention, which makes playing games in lessons so much fun!



14h quarter horse, born 2007

He is known around the barn for how pretty he is. So pretty, he is often mistaken for a mare. Before coming to Saddle Up! in 2018 Stormy enjoyed doing 4H shows.



14.2h bay Arabian gelding, born 1995

Tex is a very kind soul, and was previously used for pleasure riding before coming to Saddle Up!. He is loved by all our volunteers and students!

Photo credits: Amanda Laginess

Contact Us

Saddle Up!
1549 Old Hillsboro Road
Franklin, TN 37069-9136
FAX: 615-794-7973

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Program Hours

Monday - Thursday 9am - 7pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
Saturday 8am - 4pm
Please contact us during these hours for assistance. We are closed Sundays & major holidays, except for special events.

If you have questions or would like more information about our program, please don't hesitate to contact us.

About Us

Saddle Up! is the region’s oldest and largest recreational therapeutic riding program, and it is the only one exclusively serving children and youth with disabilities.

Saddle Up!’s mission is to provide children and youth with disabilities the opportunity to grow and develop through therapeutic, educational and recreational activities with horses.

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