Our therapy horses are the backbone of our program. Many have had past careers in the show ring, on the polo field, and as trail mounts. Each has its own unique personality and needs, and each is invaluable to our program.
Thanks to many generous donors, all of our therapy horses and ponies are sponsored! From all of us at Southern Reins, we greatly appreciate your amazing support of our hard-working team of horses.
We are proud to recognize our Equine Care Partners for their generous in-kind support!
The EQUUS Foundation is the only national animal welfare in the United States 100% dedicated to protecting America's horses and strengthening the bond between horses and people. Southern Reins is proud to be recognized as a Guardian by the foundation, and we have earned The Guardian Seal of Transparency since 2018; demonstrating our commitment to transparency and accountability by providing comprehensive data about our programs, horse care practices, and governance.
Our Equine Team
Basie is a handsome Westphalian gelding with an illustrious show record. He is well known throughout the Memphis hunter/jumper circuit and is a very well-traveled gentleman. Basie's wealth of experience and knowledge helps our independent riders build confidence as they develop more advanced riding skills. He absolutely adores people, and his curious nature and kind demeanor melts the hearts of everyone he meets.
Basie is on loan from Margaret Ledbetter Weaver. He joined our equine team in August of 2021.
Basie is proudly sponsored by
the McEniry Family
Benny is a gorgeous dark bay Shire/Thoroughbred cross standing an impressive 16.2 hands high. With the most adorable face and amazing disposition, Benny has already stolen the hearts of so many of our friends at the farm. His stout build makes him the perfect mount for our larger participants, as well as veterans in our program.
Benny is on loan from Julia Petree. He joined our equine team in December of 2019.
Benny is proudly sponsored by
Barbara and Lewis Williamson
Churro is such a handsome fellow! This lovely appaloosa gelding was rescued from a kill pen in 2013. His owner started him in eventing, where he earned top dressage scores! He was also a school horse who carried the most timid of riders around safely on the cross country course. Churro prefers to go a little slower these days, and he continues to give confidence to all of the participants he serves.
Churro joined our herd in November of 2020.
Churro is proudly sponsored by
Susan and Jared Patterson
Jazz is one of those horses you just can't get enough of. He easily boosts the confidence of all of his riders, both children and adults, because he truly loves his job at Southern Reins! He is the real deal when it comes to the perfect reliable mount to serve a variety of riders, as well as unmounted participants. We couldn't be happier with having this sweet boy on our team.
Jazz is on loan from The Lane Family. He joined the herd in July of 2018.
Jazz is proudly sponsored by
Dr. Steve and Brister Shum
This gorgeous boy is the classic 15.1 hand American Quarter Horse. With his expressive eyes, solid powerful build, and gentle temperament, Jute is a very welcome addition to our herd. He is the type of horse who is so confident in himself that it translates to all of his participants. Gentle and kind, this pretty boy is sure to become one of our very best!
Jute is on loan from Jim and Suzanne Hall. He joined our herd in November of 2019 with his best friend, Shiloh.
Jute is proudly sponsored by
Charles and Judy Burkett
Rebel is a true warhorse who serves in all of our programs. This striking Quarter Horse/Appaloosa cross is incredibly intuitive and kind, and he always brings out the best in his participants! Standing at 15.1 hands high, he is the perfect build and size for a variety of our riders. He is calm, confident and has his signature swagger when he is on the job!
Rebel is on loan from The Brumley Family. He joined the herd in February of 2018.
Rebel is proudly sponsored by
The Downs Family
Shiloh is an adorable American Quarter Horse with a larger than life personality! He is curious and comical, and his sweet disposition brings out the best in all of his participants. While he might be one of the older horses in the barn, you'd never know it! His fun-loving nature is completely endearing . . .
Shiloh is on loan from Jim and Suzanne Hall. He joined our herd with his friend Jute in November of 2019.
Shiloh is proudly sponsored by
The Live Love Memphis Group
This dashing fellow is absolutely gorgeous, with his gray coat and salt and pepper mane and tail. Clyde is a United Kingdom Shetland, and he came to the farm with his friend May! He was born in 2015 and is kind and very sweet. He loves to give kisses to everyone he meets. This regal little man is quickly becoming a barn favorite . . .
Clyde is on loan from Personal Ponies. He joined our herd in June of 2020.
Clyde is proudly sponsored by
The Addison Family
May is the sweetest United Kingdom Shetland - and we are so happy to have her in our program from our friends at Personal Ponies. This little lady and her best friend, Clyde, have extensive experience with children grooming them and have visited schools and senior centers before coming to Southern Reins. May was born in 2008, and she just loves attention. She will even nicker to you when she sees you coming!
May is on loan from Personal Ponies. She joined our herd in June of 2020.
May is proudly sponsored by
The Bauman Family
Belle is our fabulous barn cat who is often the first to meet all of our visitors at the farm. This petite tabby cat came to us from our friends at Hall's Feed and Seed, and she is a mouser extraordinaire!
Belle loves to cuddle and get scratches and pats from everyone at the farm. Due to an injury she lost her tail, and our amazing friends at State Line Animal Clinic helped her heal and recover. We think that makes her look even cuter! Belle joined us as our official feline ambassador in January of 2018.
Belle is proudly sponsored by
State Line Animal Clinic
Loan or Donate Your Horse To Southern Reins
Do you have a horse or pony that you think would make a great therapy horse?
Below please find more information on the process to loan or donate your equine to our program:
Step 1: Owner contacts Southern Reins and is emailed the Equine Information Form (EIF) to be completed, including the list of required criteria.
Step 2: Upon receiving the EIF, Southern Reins' Program Director will contact the owner to set up an onsite evaluation if horse passes initial screening based on information provided.
Step 3: Southern Reins' Program Director, with assistance as needed, conducts a comprehensive onsite evaluation of the equine.
Step 4: If the equine passes the initial screening of the onsite evaluation, the owner will transport or provide transportation of the equine to Southern Reins' Collierville Campus located at 916 Billy Bryant Road, Collierville TN 38017 to begin the 60 day trial period.
Step 5: The Program Director will complete an Equine Evaluation Assessment form based on the initial onsite evaluation and throughout the 60 day trial period to determine if the equine is a suitable fit for our program.
Note: All equines entering the program on trial must have either a signed Equine Loan Agreement or Equine Donation Agreement, as these documents contain our liability release statement. Equines must have a negative Coggins valid for at least 6 months from their trial start date, vaccinations valid for 6 months from their trial date, and must have farrier services completed no more than 3 weeks prior to their trial start date.
We appreciate your consideration to lend us your fabulous four-legged friend!