“...and he said unto the horse, Trust no man in whose eyes you do not see yourself reflected as an equal.~ Anonymous

Welcome to Tierra Madre
Horse & Human Sanctuary

Healing. Hope. Happiness.

Tierra Madre Horse & Human Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Cave Creek, Arizona that provides a forever home to previously abused, neglected, injured, abandoned, or surrendered horses. Founded in 2006, we have been saving horses for nearly two decades. We have one job: to give our horses healing, hope, and happiness. And our horses only have one job: to live the best lives they could have ever imagined.

Tierra Madre is the only exclusive horse sanctuary in Maricopa County, and the vast majority of our horses are retired and have a chronic medical condition that must be professionally managed. In addition to the exemplary medical care provided by our veterinarians at Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center (our partner for 15+ years), we provide to the Tierra Madre horses daily turnout, stall cleanings, fresh water, three square meals (with lots of snacks and a handful of treats in between), farrier care, and all the love in the world.

Over the years, the humans at Tierra Madre began to recognize that while the horses were being healed, the humans were receiving healing, too. Today, the horses of Tierra Madre serve as healers in a variety of programs, continuing our mission of promoting a circle of healing between human and horse that has existed for centuries.

Our vision is that all horses will have a safe place to retire at the end of their working years and be provided a forever home in which they can live out their years in happiness. Our mission is to save each and every horse with nowhere else to go, one horse at a time.


With your tax-deductible donation, you will contribute towards our horse’s hay, medical needs, supplements, farrier trims, facility upkeeps, and the labor involved in properly caring for them. Make your contribution here or check out our donation menu to take a closer look at other options to put your donation to work for the horses.



Are you looking for an opportunity to give back to the community while enjoying a little horsing around at the same time? Do you want to be part of a strong family, work hard, and have loads of fun while doing it?  We invite you to volunteer with us and you just might find your life changed by these horses. Click here for more information and to sign up for our volunteer program.



Sponsor a Tierra Madre horse by becoming an Angel! Join our Angel Sponsorship program today by choosing one of three available levels: Full, half, and quarter. Learn more here. 

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Have you always loved horses but never really learned much about them? Our interactive and educational horsemanship class will introduce you to how a horse’s mind works along with how to approach, halter, groom, and walk horses. This is a great opportunity to bring the family for a fun morning out.

Looking for a unique experience to give back to a great cause while learning life lessons from the horses?  We can create a customized event for your organization, contact [email protected]. All classes and programs are done from the ground, no riding.

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Of course an integral part of the Horse and Human Sanctuary are the horses. Read a little story on each of our family members and how they came to be here at Tierra Madre.

Meet The Horses

Meet The Horses

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We are always coming up with educational and fun ways to help people learn how to connect with the horses (and themselves).  Be sure to sign up for our newsletter and stay up to date on what’s going on at the ranch. 
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