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.
If you have a horse (or horses) you'd like to donate to Saddle Up!, please let us know. Read our therapy horse criteria to see if your horse fits the bill! If you think your horse meets our criteria, please fill out the horse donation form and email it to our Equine Manager or fax it to our office (615) 794-7973.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prior to joining in 2019, Copper was a pleasure horse. He's a cuddle bug making him a favorite among leaders. If you are ever looking for some love, Copper is your man!
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.
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.
Hershey’s gentle and loving nature which makes him perfect for many of timid riders. Before joining in 2010 Hershey was a trail horse and is "author" of Hershey, Here.
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.
Muffin was a foxhunter before coming to Saddle Up!. Muffin is our resident gentle giant, and is the man in charge back in the barn!
Oscar's previous job was showing and teaching lessons. His cuteness is noticed by all of our students and volunteers. He is a great pony for independent riding.
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.
Previously, Rocco was owned by a rider who used a wheelchair, so Rocco is ridden completely through voice commands! This cool trick is an amazing asset to our riders!
Sampson is an adorable flirt around the barn with his punk rock mohawk and large personality! Sampson came to us as a rescue through Safe Harbor and has loved his new job and life at Saddle Up! ever since!
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.
Sherman loves helping new students get comfortable around horses by helping with grooming. He also participates in our EAL program and does community outreach.
Shiloh is our most inquisitive equine and loves all people. He strives for attention, which makes playing games in lessons so much fun!
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.
Before joining, Summer was rescued by her previous owner. She can be easily recognized by her long forelock and blaze. Summer is one of the few ladies in our herd.
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!
Treasure was previously a lesson pony. She is extremely patient with our students, which makes her a great asset to our program!
Webster likes to greet everyone, horses and people alike, and his personality is ten times bigger than his body! He loves going places to tell other people what we are all about at Saddle Up!
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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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