MEET THE HORSES

We are blessed to own Rocky Mountain Horses. Known as the Labrador Retriever of horses, they absolutely love people, are incredibly smart, enjoy a challenge, yet exhibit great calmness. Gentle, kind, and friendly, these gaited horses make it easy to introduce people to equines! They are great for anyone who would like an interactive equine experience and offer great opportunities for individuals desiring to take riding lessons.  We also have other horses that are more suitable for traditional, non-gaited disciplines, including hunt seat, jumpers, and dressage. Visit our Services page to learn about the riding lessons, equine experiences and interactive activities we offer for the community and visitors.

Lesson Horses

Amazing Grace: 16-year-old Appendix Mare

Grace is a beautiful grey, 16hh Appendix mare, with a silver-black mane and tail and friendly personality. She adores children, loves attention, and has a calm temperament but is not lazy. This sweet girl stays soft, forgives rider mistakes, and loves to jump! She currently jumps up to 2’6” and will help you learn better body position with her steadiness. Grace will win your heart with her gentleness and willingness to please, even as she helps her riders improve their skills. Grace has three smooth, easy gaits, is a great confidence builder, and has excelled in local shows.  

Arlee: 23-year-old Polish Arab Gelding

Arlee is a cute, 13hh Polish Arab pony that has been there, done that, and continues to do whatever is asked of him. He has a wonderful rich red coat, with a black mane and tail, and a thin white blaze down his face. He loves his job of walk/trot/ground poles, and his sweetness, along with his gentleness, have made him a barn favorite. He is pastured with Roo and Beautybut pays no attention to the young ones’ shenanigans as he quietly grazes and is often found napping under the big oak tree.  

dreamer – 20 yr old gelding – palomino quarter horse

Dreamer is a 16hh light Palomino Quarter Horse that is quite the gentleman! His training is impeccable, and he thoroughly enjoys his job. He is an excellent trail horse, knows his job inside and out, and is not fazed by anything, including flying pool noodles, balloons, or flags! Dreamer is for advanced riders, who have quiet hands, good legs, and are well-balanced in the saddle. Due to his age, he is currently walk/trotground poles/cross rails only.  

Fandango – 14 years old – Hanoverian Gelding

Fandango is our incredibly sweet and handsome 17hh Hanoverian trained for hunt seat and to third level dressage. Don’t let his size intimidate you! He is not complicated to ride, is eager and willing, and wants to please everyone. He likes to be lazy, (who doesn’t?) but the positive to this is that it helps you build great legs and a solid riding seat. He is well suited for more intermediate to advanced riders, but he is gentle and easy enough to be ridden by a beginner.

Finnegan – 12 years old – Rocky Mountain gelding

Finnegan is our stunning chestnut gelding who literally shimmers when the sun shines on him! We call him our pocket horse because he follows you wherever you go. His favorite pastime is to receive as much attention as possible, and better yet – to be groomed! He will come up and greet you with a soft muzzle, seeking ear rubs and wither scratches! As our gentle, quiet gelding, Finnegan likes to be close to people, and will often politely nudge you to let you know he is standing next to you. When riding, he will gladly take you through the deepest mud or a swiftly moving creek without any hesitation, exhibiting a reassuring calmness that exudes confidence.

Jillian Black (JB/Jelly Belly) – 19 years old – Rocky Mountain Mare

JB, our only all black mare, is our herd leader. JB is the most surefooted Rocky Mountain horse we own. JB’s granddaddy is Maple’s Squirrel, one of the foundation sires of the Rocky Mountain Breed. JB is a confident and willing horse under saddle, offering beginners and advanced riders a safe, yet often challenging ride. She teaches her riders about the human – horse relationship, and if you don’t earn her respect, she might just stand there – intimidation tactics do not work with this incredibly smart mare.

We are excited to announce that JB was bred in May of 2024 to a beautiful chocolate roan, B and T’s Gravedigger, whose barn name is Dauntless. We are excited to welcome her baby in the Spring of 2025! 

Miracle: 14-year-old Mare

Miracle is a 15.3hh beautiful, deep chestnut mare that absolutely loves children and all people in general. She loves to be pampered and fussed over in true female fashion! Her quiet, calm, and laid-back personality makes her the perfect horse for a new rider who is just learning how to ride. She is easy to lead and groom and takes good care of whomever is riding her. With her quiet demeanor, Miracle also helps riders gain confidence and learn to balance in the saddle.  

Perfectly Divine: 16-year-old Thoroughbred Mare

Perfectly Divine, “Diva” is a 16hh Dark Bay Thoroughbred that is calm, well-mannered, and gets along well with other horses. She loves attention anytime, but she prefers to stand in a stall for grooming and tacking. She was broke to ride, but never racedInstead, due to her beautiful confirmation and great disposition, she was used as a broodmare. We brought Diva into the program due to her calm demeanor under saddle and her willingness to take care of her riders. Diva’s mom personality shines through, and her ability to take things in stride shows her quiet confidence. Diva will help riders with balance, while her smooth, easy gaits will allow beginners to work on their form.  

Roo: 2-year-old Filly

Roo is a Mustang/APHA cross with a gorgeous mahogany coat and black mane and tail. She is incredibly sweet and gentle. At just two years old, she is the baby on the farm and is best friends with Beauty and the two can often be caught running and playing in the pastures She loves attention and is learning many new things each day. Stop by and say hello to her whenever she is nearby – and be greeted with the softest muzzle and sweetest baby ever!   

Teagan – 12 years old – Rocky Moutain Gelding

Teagan, a dark chocolate gelding, is our playful boy! He enjoys using his mouth to pick up and play with anything available. He is also our most helpful horse, always “assisting” us when we are doing chores or projects around the barn. Teagan’s manners are impeccable – he likes to keep his mouth clean and sees no issue with using your shirt to accomplish it! He loves baths – his favorite part is when he “drinks” from the water hose – which ensures YOU get a bath too! Teagan is one of our favorite trail horses as he is confident to lead and sets a great pace for everyone. In the arena, he is well-mannered and willing to let even the most inexperienced rider tell him what to do.

Zoey – 25 years old – Quarter-Appy Mare

Zoe is an amazingly kind, friendly, and confident 15.3hh quarterhorse-appaloosa mix with champion bloodlines. She is a been there, done that, got the blue ribbons, horse. She has competed in all styles of riding, including hunter/jumper, English, western, dressage, and English/western trail challenge classes and it was common for her to take home the championship. She is kind, willing, and gentle, and still loves her job. Her family is older now, and they have asked us to let her teach the next generation – but would like that to occur at a slower pace. Zoey recently joined our lesson program and is enjoying her new, more chill job! She is already a barn favorite as she is a simple, responsive ride and engages easily with her riders. Because she is so easy and willing, Zoey also helps riders work on their body position, including balanceZoey loves to be groomed and is patient and polite with new learners.

Please Note:  Zoey has Cushing’s, so we politely ask that you refrain from feeding her any food or treats, thanks!  

Farm Horses

Beauty – 4 years old – Rocky Mountain Mare

Beauty is our youngest horse; she was born in June of 2020. Her granddaddy is Sam Clemmon’s Tim, one of the foundation sires of the Rocky Mountain Breed. Her Dam is Jillian Blue, making her a half-sister to JB/Jillian Black, our herd leader. She is inquisitive, confident, gentle, and kind, and really enjoys being around people. We have begun ground training work with Beauty, and she will go under saddle next summer once she is fully grown and her growth plates have closed. For now, she loves to hang out and receive attention, so be sure to stop by and say hello when you are at the farm.

Buttercup – 14 years old – Rocky Mountain Mare

Buttercup is our silver dapple mare that has encountered- and overcome – some challenges in her life. This sweet, gentle, and loving mare lost her right eye a few years ago, and this spring, she lost her best friend, Honeysuckle (March 20, 2023). Honeysuckle helped her navigate life and other horses by guarding her right side. Buttercup has since learned to be a confident and independent mare and has gotten even sweeter! Gently calling her name as you approach allows her to determine where you are – then she is all in for some attention. Buttercup will receive a training refresher in the fall and then be ready for the lesson program late in the year.

Ellie Mae – 15 years old – Rocky Moutain Mare

Ellie is 14.3hh, beautiful liver chestnut mare with a long, silky mane who enjoys young children and any attention you are willing to give her. Ellie is incredibly calm, takes most situations in stride, rarely gets startled by anything, and always maintains her composure. Ellie Mae is now retired due to health complications. She still loves to be groomed and loved on, so if you are at the barn and would like to spoil her, she would love it!  

Fun Fact: Teagan and Ellie Mae are full brother and sister – and act like typical siblings – getting along fine one minute, then arguing the next! 

Maggie

Rocky Mountain Mare – October 30, 2004 – January 12, 2024

Maggie, a dark bay mare, was our first Rocky Mountain horse. She far exceeded our expectations both at home and on the trail.  An exceptionally smart horse, and always willing to do whatever was asked of her, Maggie loved blazing new trails through thickly wooded areas, ponying another horse, or simply just standing still to help rehabilitate her human mom. Our teacher, Maggie helped any new addition to the herd adjust to and learn their new surroundings. A truly exceptional horse in every way imaginable, she did so much to help her human mom and others heal.  

Sadly, Maggie passed away on January 12, 2024, due to complications from an upper respiratory infection. She will forever be in our hearts 💜

Honeysuckle

In rare instances, a horse can quickly capture a heart – even when they are timid and fearful.  It becomes something amazing when that horses’ once timid and fearful personality gives way to confidence, with a willingness to please, and a sweetness that endears her to whomever she meets. That was Honeysuckle.

If you never got the chance to meet Honeysuckle, allow me to introduce her.  Honeysuckle was a dark silver dapple (chocolate with dapples) Rocky Mountain Horse.  Born on April 1, 2008, Honeysuckle’s Sire was Fairwind’s Destiny, and her registered name was Destiny’s Dixie Chick. She stood 16 hands high and had a flaxen mane and tail which looked like it had highlights.  Honey was donated to Runner Branch Stables (RBS) by Kenny Higgins of Cleveland, TN, for use with the horse therapy program. 

Honey’s ability to capture hearts was undeniable. She never met a stranger and her absolute love of life radiated from her. She enjoyed being in the presence of people, but the one she most adored was David, co-owner of RBS. As a patient and confident handler and rider, Honey blossomed under his care. She was noted as being an exceptional horse, very eager and willing to please, one that would be an enthusiastic participant in healing the hearts of people, and one that would continue to develop into a fabulous riding companion.

Honey never got the chance to participate in a therapy session and David never got the opportunity to continue her development. We lost Honeysuckle to colic on March 20th, 2023.  Honeysuckle has now become the embodiment of Runner Branch Stables and all we hope to achieve – through horsemanship, riding lessons, and equestrian encounters. We will forever honor her memory with the adoption of her facial silhouette for our logo. We hope you one day have the opportunity to meet a horse like Honeysuckle – we are sure you will never forget the encounter.