This is about the horses and the people. It's not about the location (Kings Mountain) or building (Stable). The people are family oriented, sophisticated yet down-to-earth, not elitist or stuffy. The logo will be used for fun (polo shirts, water bottles, etc.), not for business.
We'd like a horse head or body incorporated. Our horses are athletic, curious, friendly, and gentle. No Fabio-style flowing manes or exaggerated poses. Ears should be forward to connect with the viewer. Color preference is Bay (dark brown) or Chestnut (reddish brown) or Palomino (golden). Could be a combination, which could change depending on color of background.
We'd like "Kings Mountain Stable" in the logo, with a preference for British Racing Green, one of the horse colors above, or a similar traditional farm color. Should feel like it's been around for a while, not brand new. More solid, less fanciful. Analog, not digital. Flexible on font type (serif or not, case), but it needs to work on a variety of media.
Image included from do-it-yourself site as a possible direction, yet we'd like something more polished.