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Our Horses

Horse Sponsorship


At the heart of the Ranch is our horses. Horses are what often draw participants to the Ranch, they're who God uses to help break down barriers very quickly to allow hope to enter a hurting heart. Horse Sponsorship is the primary way we are able to fund the work done at the Ranch, continuing to offer mentor sessions completley free-of-charge to all who come. 

Session Horses

Boston
 

DOB: May 22, 1999

Arrived: has been with us since the beginning!

Breed: Anglo Arabian (Arabian x Thoroughbred)
Height: 15.2hh
Sponsor: Fully Sponsored by The Jaeckle Centre since January 2017

Boston is one of those once-in-a-lifetime horses who’s willing to try anything. He's also strong-willed and has an opinion about everything. Several of his past trainers called him “mean,” “uncontrollable,” “crazy,” and “worthless.” Carissa bought him in 2009, and through patience, trust, and the guidance of some
amazing horsewomen, Boston is now a trusted session horse. He has a knack for using his stubbornness to help teach people about persistence and the reward that comes from putting someone else’s best interests first.

Joseph
 

DOB: Unknown

Arrived: March 12, 2019

Breed: Saddlebred

Height: 16hh
Sponsor: Partially sponsored by Katherine Woodall

Joseph, formerly hip #1790, was rescued from an auction in Middle Tennessee. The instant he walked out of the auction house, he let out a deep sigh, as if he knew he was finally in caring hands. After three months of rehabilitation, he regained enough strength and body weight for Ranch participants to ride him. His workmanlike nature under the saddle makes him the perfect session horse and

so does his engaging personality. He beckons each visitor with a friendly nicker and loves attention. Since Joseph came from an auction, we don’t know his exact age, but we do know that he’s an older (a.k.a. “senior”) horse around 30 years old. We’re happy that he can live the rest of his life here at the Ranch, giving and getting as much love as he possibly can.

Freedom
 

DOB: 2007

Arrived: November 16, 2016

Breed: Criollo
Height: 14.3hh

Sponsor: Still looking for that perfect match.
 

This gelding was abandoned in a small, outdoor dog kennel for over a month when his owner became addicted to drugs. Fortunately, caring neighbors and the local horse community stepped in to save him. A rescue family took him in—and quickly realized he would be a perfect fit for Freedom Reigns. Freedom was scared of people at first, but through natural horsemanship and constant, consistent training, he has become much more trusting. He’s even engaging in things that used to scare him! When Ranch participants learned the horse’s story, they named him Freedom. Freedom needs people to use very controlled, quiet movements so he can feel his most confident, and when participants take active measures to relax, so does he. Freedom loves to simply have his head held next to someone's chest—and to eat treats, of course!

Bronson
Registered Name: MB Buckman Chaser

DOB: May 3, 2006

Arrived: January 28, 2020

Breed: AQHA Quarter Horse
Height: 14.2hh

Sponsor: Still looking for that perfect match.
 

True to his Quarter Horse breed, Bronson is as quiet, steady, and good-natured as they come. He’s an accomplished Western horse who has competed in mounted shooting, calf sorting, and barrel racing. His former owner, Evie Jaeckle, loved and cherished Bronson, so when he suffered a severe suspensory injury, the Jaeckle Centre used their therapy services to rehabilitate him. The injury healed, but Bronson’s competition days were over. As we know, God is amazing at writing redemption stories, and He has a plan to bring good out of our pain if we give those hard things to Him. When Evie learned that the Ranch needed another steady, reliable horse, she donated her old friend to us. For Bronson, the injury that ended his Western competitions led him to a new career, where he gets to walk step-in-step with Ranch participants who need a steady partner to help carry them through the challenges they’ve faced.

Dancer
 

DOB: 2002

Arrived: March 29, 2016

Breed: Appendix (Quarter Horse x Thoroughbred)
Height: 15.1hh
Sponsor: Fully Sponsored by Pascal and Michelle Jouvence since April 2017.

Dancer had a hard road before he met his previous owners, the Jouvences. They purchased him from a horse trader (someone who buys cheap horses, then quickly resells them for profit without regard to the horses’ needs). He was underweight and had a painful skin infection called “rain rot” all over his back. The Jouvences gave him the care and love he needed to thrive, and since then, he spent most of his life in a loving home with her. When they felt Dancer was ready for a new career, they thought he would be a great fit for the Ranch. They was right! Dancer seems to know it's his job to help participants feel safe and confident, so he is very gentle with them. Dancer enjoys being loved on by many different people, and he is thriving at the Ranch.

Pogo

DOB: May 10, 1999
Arrived: May 16, 2016

Breed: Welsh Cobb Pony

Height:

Sponsor: Partially sponsored by Claire Tyner-White
 

Pogo used to live with the Brandt family, who still love him dearly. He had his own little girl, and together, they competed in the discipline of eventing. Pogo was well-cared for, but he had a bit of a mischievous streak. One day, he got himself into trouble and suffered a deep cut to his hind leg. Thankfully, the wound healed because of his owners’ and trainer’s excellent care, although it left a large scar on his leg. A few months after the injury, Freedom Reigns Ranch took over Pogo’s care. Kids often ask about his big scar, and it helps many of them realize how God can restore and heal us from our wounds just like Pogo has recovered from his injury. Pogo is now a steady and reliable session pony, and (for the most part), he stays out of trouble these days. He will also do anything for a cookie!

Finn
 

DOB: April 10, 2006

Arrived: April 18, 2018

Breed: Warmblood Mix

Height: 15.3+hh

Sponsor: Half sponsorship by Connie Martin 

Finn came to Freedom Reigns Ranch as a special gift from the Hupy family. He is beautiful and as steady and confident as they come. He was an excellent partner for Amelia Hupy, a talented hunt seat and equitation rider. But over time, Finn developed bone spurs in his hocks that ended his show career. Because he was such a young and endearing horse, the Hupy family knew Finn wouldn’t like simply being retired to pasture. Then they heard about Freedom Reigns Ranch. They thought Finn would be a great session horse. . . and he is! Finn moved seamlessly into session work and now helps participants understand how someone can be powerful and gentle at the same time. We are so grateful to the Hupy family for bringing us Finn!

Goliath

DOB: 2016

Arrived: March 27, 2020

Breed: Miniature horse

Height: 33 inches

Sponsor: Still looking for that perfect match

Good things come in small packages, and Goliath is no exception! This pint-size gelding was our COVID-19 quarantine project. We loved training this feral, un-catchable mini—who has now transformed into a beloved pony and good horse citizen. He fits a unique need in our ministry: He’s an approachable, adorable, transportable, fun little guy for those who may not be ready to work with a bigger horse or pony. Goliath may be small, but he makes up for it in personality. . . he’s the herd leader! Every herd member listens to him without question. If you visit the Ranch, you can spot him in the pasture wearing his grazing muzzle (such a little pony doesn't need a lot of grass) or taking a nap while the rest of the herd stands guard. Goliath also travels to outreach events around town. . . usually covered in glitter, thanks to the girls at the Ranch.

Bob

DOB: 2003 

Arrived: August 13, 2021

Breed: Mustang

Height: 15 hands

Sponsor: Fully sponsored for one year by LifeSpring Chiropractic (Sept 2021-Sept 2022)

Bob (a.k.a. “Bobbio” because of his long, flowing mane) is an 18-year-old Mustang. He spent the first six months of his life in the wild before he was gathered from Salt Wells Creek, Wyoming. Bob’s first owner adopted him from a Mustang holding facility and trained him as a heeling rope horse. Then, Bob went to a new owner, who let him live a cushy lifestyle as a companion, super fun trail mount, and mounted patrol training partner. Unfortunately, a major change in their life situation forced Bob’s owner to make some tough financial decisions—and that meant Bob needed a new home. His owner donated him to Freedom Reigns Ranch, knowing he is already a proven therapist. Although Bob’s previous owner misses him, they are joyful because they know how many people Bob will help at Freedom Reigns. Bob has a "Gentle Giant" personality, adores people, and likes getting butt scratches.

Foster Horses

Freedom Reigns Ranch always keeps a spot open for a foster horse from Hickory Hill Farm—a local, well-run rescue organization that coordinates with law enforcement to help horses from animal cruelty cases. Our partnership with Hickory Hill allows each organization to do what we do best: Hickory Hill handles all the details of rescue, and Freedom Reigns rehabilitates the horses to help get them ready for adoption.

Taking in rescue horses helps rescue people, too. Participants gain powerful hands-on experience in the redemption process, and horses thrive under the love and care of our volunteers. While we occasionally keep a foster horse, our main goal is to help find them a home where they will thrive and be loved for the rest of their life. These are rescues that Freedom Reigns Ranch has had the opportunity to love:

"C"

Running Free of Suffering

"Jeremy"

Former Foster (Adopted)

"Shadow"

Former Foster (Adopted)

"Lady"

Former Foster

"JJ"

Former Foster (Adopted)

Gideon - Former Session Horse

DOB: 2011

Arrived: August 2017

Breed: Selle Francias x Quarter Pony
Height: 14.2+hh

Went to his New Home: November 2018
 

Gideon’s former owner rescued him from a kill pen in Kansas. After a short time, Gideon—who was originally named “Leil”—came to Freedom Reigns Ranch. We had the privilege of continuing Gideon’s training. While he loved people, his energetic personality and athletic ability sometimes got in the way of his desire to be a calm session horse. We started letting Gideon jump over some small fences, and he loved it! Once we realized that he would make an excellent eventer or show jumper, we began looking for a new home where Gideon could
channel all his energy in a way that he enjoyed. Gideon is thriving and loving his new job. This horse, who was once discarded in a kill pen, is now an amazing eventing partner for a family in Florida.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Kill pens are facilities where horses are kept and sold for slaughter outside the U.S. Many kind-hearted people want to rescue horses from kill pens, and kill buyers—the people who run the kill pens—are masters at exploiting those kind-hearted people. They often let rescuers buy horses. . . then, they use that money to buy more horses, which they sell for slaughter.


If you decide to rescue a horse from a kill pen, we encourage you to do your research and make sure you are not contributing to this cycle. We discourage people from purchasing horses directly from kill pens, because that puts money into the kill buyers’ pockets and endangers more horses. The smartest way to help save these horses is to support local rescue organizations. You can do that by volunteering your time, donating money, fostering rescue horses, adopting horses from rescues, or intercepting horses before they find themselves at a kill pen.

Warrior - Running Free of Suffering
 

DOB: April 14, 2007

Arrived: June 17, 2019

Breed: AQHA Racing Quarter Horse
Height: 16.1hh

Ran Strong and Free: June 25, 2019

The sister of a ranch volunteer found Warrior in a grass-less, rocky pasture at a self-care boarding facility in Middle Tennessee. After law enforcement failed to step in, the volunteer's sister found Warrior’s owner, bought him, and handed him over to Freedom Reigns Ranch. Our vet immediately examined him and found that he was a staggering 450 pounds underweight. Right away, we gave him triage care and established a re-feeding protocol to help him slowly get used to eating again.

 

Freedom Reigns volunteers cared for Warrior around-the-clock. For the first few days, Warrior seemed withdrawn and unaware of things around him. It wasn't until he met a group of Junior Ranchers, four days after his rescue, that he “woke up.” Ranch founder Carissa recalls, “The moment they surrounded him, I saw hope enter his eyes. His countenance entirely changed! From that moment, Warrior thrived off of attention, and he loved his five-minute hand walks (designed to help him slowly regain his strength). He was defying all odds, and remarkably, gaining weight just by drinking water and eating good hay.

 

Despite our best efforts, Warrior passed away unexpectedly on the morning of June 25, from an internal rupture—a delayed consequence of severe starvation and neglect. While Warrior was only at Freedom Reigns for eight days, many people met and loved him. One even wrote about how Warrior impacted them.
Click here to read: Honoring Warrior

IMPORTANT NOTE: At Freedom Reigns Ranch, we believe God calls us to help redeem his creation when others have failed to fulfill their responsibility to care for it. More than 30 people, including an on-duty sheriff, witnessed Warrior’s condition before Freedom Reigns Ranch stepped in and attempted to save his life. We do not want more horses suffer in this way. If you know (or suspect) that a horse is being abused or neglected, please report its location and condition to your local Department of Agriculture, so they can investigate. In Tennessee, you can do that at this website.