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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Chip was a Hunter Jumper before arrival. Check out his unique coloring; his undercoat is a different color than his topcoat.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 owned by a rider who used a wheelchair, Rocco is ridden completely through voice commands! This cool trick is an amazing asset to our riders!
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!.
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.
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.
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!
Before coming to Saddle Up!, Whiskey was a reining horse who could stop on a dime. He is very easy-going and loves his new job as a therapy horse.
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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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