BABA

PAINT | Born 1996

Baba is like an oreo cookie – black and white, round, and sweet. He had a successful career as a show pony in the hunter ring before his life began at MANE. He enjoys teaching some of the youngest riders at MANE. His long, smooth stride is a huge confidence booster! Baba’s kind heart is not easily forgotten, even by riders who have long

CAPPUCCINO

QUARTER HORSE | Born 2003

Cappuccino, more affectionately known as “Cappy,” is a 14-year-old buckskin gelding donated by a generous and faithful supporter of MANE. This golden boy has the winning personality to make friends with a variety of students and volunteers who come to MANE throughout the year. Cappy has an easy-going mindset that matches

CHANNING TATUM

HAFLINGER | Born 2003

Channing Tatum is a handsome Haflinger gelding who charms all of MANE’s participants! Not only does he have a kind and patient disposition, but his short and sturdy build makes him an ideal mount for students who need support from sidewalkers.

CHARLIE BROWN

QUARTER HORSE | Born 2005

Charlie Brown is MANE’s newest “Steady Eddy.” Staff, volunteers and riders alike value his calming nature and gentle spirit. Since coming to MANE, Charlie Brown has excelled with both ground students and riders!

CHLOE

SHETLAND PONY | Born 2007

Chloe, a lifelong lesson pony, has adapted perfectly to the therapeutic riding arena! With delicate features, expressive eyes and a very kind demeanor, she is a perfect starter mount for MANE’s most petite riders.

CHUCK

PAINT | Born 2002

Chuck has quite the education to give MANE students! Originally from California, he earned an APHA Youth World Championship title. He then traveled to Auburn University and competed with the equestrian team in Western Horsemanship. He is excited about teaching young riders at MANE with his calming

ECLIPSE

WELSH PONY | Born 2005

Eclipse is a retired hunter pony, donated to MANE by The Calabro Family of Tallahassee, Florida. Her name matches her beautiful color, but Eclipse is a ray of sunshine! This raven-coated is a delightful addition to the herd. Her patience and kind attitude makes her a favorite among students and volunteers alike!

FRED

AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE | Born 2010

Fred is a 12-year old bay American Quarter Horse gelding with just enough chrome to make him standout! Standing at 16 hands, this gentle giant has captured the hearts of staff, students and volunteers alike. Donated by the Auburn University Equestrian Team, he has made a splash here since his arrival!

HALF PINT

QUARTER HORSE CROSS | Born 2001

Half Pint is a quarter horse cross that takes life in the slow lane. Before joining the MANE herd, Half Pint enjoyed showing off his counting skills – watch out for this trickster! With such a calm demeanor and steady gaits, Half Pint is a great asset to MANE’s therapeutic riding program.

ILLION

THOROUGHBRED | Born 1995

Illion, a tall, dark and handsome bay thoroughbred, was a great competitor in the Hunter/Jumper ring before coming to MANE. His gentle demeanor has helped carry riders of all ability levels to the next level. Illion teaches students how to ride with greater sophistication, while intermediate and advanced students learn to post to his

SNOOPY

QUARTER HORSE | Born 2006

Retired from a life of being a cowboy’s best friend and roping partner, Snoopy has evolved into quite the therapy horse. While he is not an attention-hound like most of the MANE horses, he is a dependable, steady mount the staff greatly depends on!

SONORA

AMERICAN MUSTANG | Born 2010

Sonora, a mustang from the open plains of Wyoming, learned how to survive in the wild in her early years. Her outstanding performance at the 2016 Mustang Makeover challenge caught the attention of a generous MANE supporter. MANE staff, students, and volunteers admire her kind eye, intelligence, and devotion.

SPIRIT

ARABIAN MINIATURE CROSS | Born 1997

Spirit is an integral part of MANE. Known as the energizer bunny, he has been teaching children to ride for over 10 years. Trotting is the name of his game, especially when competing against his best friend, Baba. He loves to help promote confidence and independence in his riders so they can graduate to greater challenges.

SWOOPES

GYPSY VANNER | Born 2009

Swoopes is a black and white paint Gypsy Vanner who was acquired by MANE through a Facebook contest in 2016. MANE won Swoopes through daily Facebook votes by committed supporters, volunteers, and students. This traveler, who was originally imported all the way from the United Kingdom, has been welcomed with open arms by the

TEAL

GYPSY VANNER | Born 2016

Teal was donated to MANE by LexLin Gypsy Ranch in Rockwood TN. This blue-eyed mare will steal your heart in seconds. She is very patient and gentle but also can be fun and spunky. MANE definitely sealed the deal when we won Teal.

WHINNIE

MINIATURE HORSE | Born 1995

Whinnie is a chocolate palomino miniature horse. As a tenacious ambassador, Whinnie has introduced and promoted MANE’s equine-assisted programs to thousands of children across the River Region. Though too small to be ridden, she is the perfect travel size. MANE’s little mascot loves to be the center of attention at schools, special events,

MVPs of MANE

We could never forget these retired horses. They will always hold a special place in our hearts, as well as in the hearts of the countless people who met and rode with them.

DIXIE

Quarter Horse

Dixie is a refined bay Quarter Horse mare who charmed her way into thousands of hearts. She worked as a lesson horse before becoming a member of MANE’s herd. Her dressage training helped Dixie teach MANE students how to use their aids properly. After retiring from MANE, Dixie relocated to the country to be pampered by two loving little girls!

GOLDIE

Thoroughbred

Goldie was a 19-year-old Thoroughbred. With a smooth walk, trot, and canter she was perfect for all students at MANE. Goldie holds the honor as the first equine therapy horse at MANE to be certified to use the mechanical lift for mounting, making her the staff’s go-to for anyone with mobility issues or wheelchair bound.

JILL

Quarter Horse

Jill was a 36-year old Quarter Horse with over 10 years of service at MANE. Though the majority of her last years at MANE was spent in the pasture relaxing, Jill thoroughly enjoyed hands-on time and attention  from new volunteers as they learned about grooming and tacking therapy horses. 

JOSIE, OLIVE & NUTTY

Coming from very different backgrounds, these three ladies were the backbone of MANE for many, many years. Pasturing and working nearly every class together, Josie, Nutty & Olive were inseparable! After their service to MANE, Josie is making a comeback to her original career as an all-around show horse and Nutty retired to life in the pasture with an occasional day of roping! Sadly, Olive passed in 2020 and the MANE staff likes to think she is happily galloping as a fox hunter once again.

LC

Arabian

A miniature Arabian with a heart of gold! Despite his short stature, L.C. believes he is the King of the MANE Herd. His independent nature and rhythmic canter make him a perfect fit for students looking to advance their riding skills. L.C. continued to transition students from beginner riders into intermediate equestrians until his passing after many years of service at MANE.

LOU LOU

Appendix

Lou Lou, often referred to as “Lazy Lou”, was a fox hunter before excelling in her career as a therapeutic riding horse. This chestnut Appendix had a wonderfully smooth trot and quick, sound mind. She calmed even the most timid of riders with her slow and steady personality.

PUDDIN’

Haflinger

Puddin’ is a spunky little Haflinger mare who is just as sweet as her name. Greeting MANE riders and volunteers with a soft whinny, Puddin’ gave comforting sensory feedback. With an active walk, she was well suited for MANE’s therapeutic riding programs before retiring as a pasture companion in Georgia.

TWEET

Morgan

Tweet was as sweet as can be and loved attention! This Morgan’s love of being a therapy horse was apparent with every step of her trademark bouncy trot. Introverted and shy, Tweet’s favorite place to be was in her stall or bargaining for a special treat!