Our Horses

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 their own unique personality and needs, and each is invaluable to our program. 

Horse Sponsorship

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!

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Our Equine Team - Collierville Campus

Ozzie

In one word, we would describe Ozzie as a true "sweetheart." He is one of the largest in the barn, with a beautiful copper chestnut coat that shimmers in the sun. Ozzie was a therapy horse at a center in the north several years ago, and has re-entered the therapy world given his gentle nature and temperament.  Expressive, kind and sweet, Ozzie is truly a wonderful therapy horse.

 

Ozzie joined the herd in March of 2017 and is generously on loan to us from local Germantown resident and Olympic Gold Medalist, Melanie Smith Taylor. 

Ozzie is proudly sponsored by
Charles and Judy Burkett

Nike

Nike is an adorable gray welsh pony. Standing 14.1 hands high, he has been a past lesson pony and was quite the competitor in the show ring!  Nike may be small, but he has a big presence!  He is always eager to please and is a truly gentle soul. We look forward to watching him grow as a therapy horse in our program, and are happy have this adorable snowball as part of our therapy team.

Nike joined the Southern Reins' herd in September of 2017 and is wonderful for both independent riders and those who need additional support.

Nike is proudly sponsored by
Jean and Charlie Tuggle

Rain

Rain is the all time, hands-down “Gentle Giant.” Standing at just under 17 hands tall, this beautiful Thoroughbred Draft Cross has a big presence. His patience and forgiving nature make him a wonderful partner for any of our riders. Rain spent his earlier years as a lovely Hunter teaching basic skills to his prior owner from the early stages of her riding career - and helping her build advanced skills in the show ring.  

Rain joined the herd in November of 2017. 

Rain is proudly sponsored by

Susan and Jared Patterson

Rebel

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 joined the herd in February of 2018.    

Rebel is proudly sponsored by
The Downs Family

...and he was named 2018 Therapy Horse of the Year!

Jazz

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.

 

This sweet boy joined the herd in July of 2018. 

Jazz is proudly sponsored by

Dr. Steve and Brister Shum

Butters

Butters is one of the friendliest horses we have ever met.  With those big doe eyes and the sweet disposition, this pretty Haflinger cross pony serves in all of our therapeutic programs; including therapeutic riding, Hippotherapy, Making Strides Recreation Therapy, Silver Stirrups and Unbridled horsemanship.  She came to us without much history of her past, but she has quickly proven that she wants to do it all.    Butters enjoys being the center of attention, and is always the first to meet you at the gate or at her stall door to welcome her friends at Southern Reins.

 

Butters joined program in September of 2018.

Butters is proudly sponsored by

Shelley Sanford Owens

Sampson

There is simply no way to describe the extreme level of cuteness when it comes to this mighty mini pony!  Sampson may be small, standing just 10 hands high, but always draws the biggest crowd in the barn.  He is a beautiful silver bay with a stunning white mane and tale.  Sampson enjoys working with a variety of participants and is one of our our pint-size equine ambassador at the farm.

 

Sampson joined our herd with his friend Butters in September of 2018.

Sampson is proudly sponsored by

Steve and Carolyn Shelton

Huey

Huey is such a sweet boy! He was instantly a favorite of many here at Southern Reins. This 2007 Quarter Horse gelding was originally trained as a Western Pleasure horse, who then served as a very trusted lesson horse for a local trainer. He is well known for always caring for his riders. Huey has an amazing disposition, and is very intuitive and patient with his participants, and he is always at the top of the list to work with clients in Hippotherapy and with veterans and first responders in our PATH Intl. Equine Services for Heroes program. 

 

Huey came to our program in March of 2019.  

Huey is proudly sponsored by

First Choice Care

Candy

Candy is a 20 year old Kentucky Mountain Horse. She has spent the last several years with a lovely family from Lexington, Tennessee. Candy has ridden hundreds of miles of trails all over the country.  She is the resident "beauty queen" here at Southern Reins and everyone loves her soft silky coat. Our participants enjoy her calm nature and very smooth gait. She is smart, responsive, and eager to please - making her a great candidate for all of our programs.

 

Candy joined our herd in September of 2018. 

Candy is proudly sponsored by

The McEniry Family

Jake

Jake is a wonderful addition to the Southern Reins team and is quickly stealing the hearts of our volunteers and participants. This 2001 American Paint Horse gelding spent his younger years as a
4-H show horse. He has several regional and state top-3 placings in Hunter and Western Pleasure and a State Championship in Trail under his belt. When he lived in Knoxville, you may have even seen him competing bridleless in trail classes!  His excellent training and amazingly sweet and calm disposition make him a top notch therapy horse and a great partner to help our riders progress their skills.

 

Jake joined our herd in March of 2019. 

Jake is proudly sponsored by

Barbara & Lewis Williamson

Shadow

Shadow was born in 2001 and this adorable Miniature horse may be small, but he has a giant personality!  His size and gentle demeanor makes him a great partner for our Unbridled Horsemanship program -  especially with our participants that might not be as comfortable with our bigger horses. Shadow is very friendly and inquisitive.  He enjoys making all kinds of new friends at the farm with mobility challenges and is calm and careful with his participants who use wheelchairs and walkers.  He is also an adorable riding horse who can carry some of our smaller participants in our therapeutic riding program!  

Shadow joined our herd in December of 2018.

Shadow is proudly sponsored by

Ginny & Bryan Nearn

Belle

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

Baby - Forever in our Hearts

Baby was a rich dark bay with 3 white socks and a small star. She was a lovely Argentine thoroughbred who has been a polo pony her whole life, until starting her career as a therapy horse in the summer of 2017.  

 

Baby was so versatile, she was used in therapeutic riding, equine assisted learning and Hippotherapy.  Baby's calm demeanor and rhythmic gates were perfect for our participants to learn how to ride. She was truly a one-in-a-million therapy horse. 

Baby earned her wings and crossed the rainbow bridge.  She will be forever loved by us all at Southern Reins.

Our Equine Team - DeSoto Campus

JT

This regal American Quarter Horse is a lovely bay roan gelding who stands 15 hands high and has a small star on his forehead. He is on loan to our program from Lynch Ranch.

 

JT is an early riser - and every morning he likes to ring the dinner bell to make sure the folks at the ranch don't forget his breakfast. JT was the Hernando Saddle Club Ranch Pleasure Horse 2015 Champion and also enjoys competing in a variety of working cow horse classes with his owner, Gary Lynch. He is a wonderful gentleman with excellent training and a wonderful disposition that makes him a great therapy horse for our riders. 

JT joined the program in the spring of 2018 and is on loan to our program from Lynch Ranch.

Fred

This sweet gentleman affectionately known as "Fred" to all his friends is a direct descendent of Dash for Cash, which explains how he has long held the title of the fastest horse at Lynch Ranch!   Fred is a 2007 model registered American Quarter Horse whose registered name is Dash N Leo. His trademark loose lower lip is hereditary, as both his brother and sister share the same endearing droopy lip.  Fred has won several working ranch horse events in the past, and is the type of horse who can do it all.  He seems to really enjoy the slower pace of serving his participants at Southern Reins, and is one of the sweetest horses around.

Fred joined the program in the spring of 2018 and is on loan to our program from Lynch Ranch.   

Possum

You might mistake this good looking bay for a Quarter Horse at first glance, but the small white patch on her side confirms that she is an APHA registered Paint Horse. Possum's registered  name is Robin’s Spotted Neon, and she is affectionately known as Possum because her grandfather won an Oklahoma horse race called the Possum Hollow Derby.  She was purchased as a 4-year old by Kay Lynch as a surprise gift for her husband Gary, who didn't have a horse at the time, and has been delivering smiles and joy at Lynch Ranch ever since.  Possum is a great trail horse, and has proven she is also the ideal therapy horse.  

Possum joined the program in the spring of 2018 and is on loan to our program from Lynch Ranch.   

Torque

Torque’s registered name is Jacks Frosted Pine. He is the biggest horse at Lynch Ranch - and also one of the most gentle and kind-hearted. He is often used for the smallest and most inexperienced participants, and can also be a wonderful ride for more advanced riders. Torque is also used for everything from trail riding to sorting cattle and roping. Born in 2011, this gentle giant is a shining star at our DeSoto Campus!

Torque is owned by Southern Reins' farrier Daniel Bishop and joined the program in the spring of 2018. He is on loan to our program from Lynch Ranch.   

Lady

This beautiful bay is a registered American Quarter Horse.  Born in 2008, Lady's registered name is "A Ladies Treasure."  Her ancestors include Doc, Zip and Jet, and she is a natural cow horse that is used to move and sort cows when she is not in the ring serving her participants!  Lady has competed locally and won numerous events.  She is the resident glamour girl at the farm, whose beauty is only outshined by her kind disposition.

Lady joined the program in the spring of 2018 is on loan to our program from Lynch Ranch.   

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' Equine Director will contact the owner to set up an onsite evaluation if horse passes initial screening based on information provided.

Step 3: Southern Reins' Equine 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 Equine 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!

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Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy

916 Billy Bryant Road

Collierville TN 38017

501(c)3 Nonprofit  ID Number: 47-4647784

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