American Melody Carriages  

Nashville Area's Newest, Truest, Red White and Bluest Horse-Drawn Carriage Company!

Kaliga pronounced Kah-ly-jah, is the foundation of American Melody Carriages. His name comes from the character in a country song made popular by both Hank Williams Sr., and Charley Pride.  A Belgian-Standardbred cross with a go-go-go attitude, he has many years of experience, and is now our resident retiree.  At 29 years of age, he remains healthy, active, and spunky, often running and bucking like a youngster.  A common question when people find out his age is "How long do horses usually live?"  In general, it is common for horses to live a life-span of 30 to 35 years.  He is used on rare occasions for light-duty work such as lead-around rides, or acting as the caparisoned horse in funerals so that he doesn't get too bored, and still has a sense of purpose, however, his biggest job now is enjoying a buffet of food, and enjoying treats and maybe a little petting from visitors if he's in the mood for attention.  He enjoys a thorough brushing, and especially loves to be scratched on his chest and neck.


He has been the go-to horse for weddings and events, and was in both the Nashville and Donelson Christmas parades. He also escorted the "Virgin Mary" in a Christmas production at  Cornerstone Nashville Church in Madison.

  • Kaliga giving rides at a senior horse sanctuary open house.
    Kaliga giving rides at a senior horse sanctuary open house.
  • Kaliga giving the look that will always guilt you into one more treat.
    Kaliga giving the look that will always guilt you into one more treat.
  • Kaliga inside Cornerstone Church for a Christmas production.
    Kaliga inside Cornerstone Church for a Christmas production.
  • Kaliga working in downtown Nashville.
    Kaliga working in downtown Nashville.
  • Kaliga as the caparisoned horse at a military funeral.
    Kaliga as the caparisoned horse at a military funeral.
  • Kaliga giving rides at an on-site event.
    Kaliga giving rides at an on-site event.
  • Kaliga enjoying a beautiful day!
    Kaliga enjoying a beautiful day!
  • Kaliga napping next to his human as the girls graze in the background.
    Kaliga napping next to his human as the girls graze in the background.
Kaliga giving rides at a senior horse sanctuary open house.
Kaliga giving rides at a senior horse sanctuary open house.