For the nearly decade-&-a-half of its life, Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary has had one singular mission: to give a happy, healthy, forever home to scores of horses that had been previously abandoned, neglected, injured, abused or surrendered. And we’ve been very successful in doing so, horse after horse, year after year. Nearly seventy horses have called Tierra Madre “home” over the years. And our horses have been as happy & as healthy as they could have ever imagined.
As time has progressed, though, we began to notice that the horses that had been healed & made well again were, themselves, becoming healers in their own right.
Our volunteers & visitors began to talk about how the horses were helping them through their various challenges, whether emotional, spiritual or psychological. And those people kept coming back – to be with their favorite horse or horses. Some come several times a week & some come only occasionally – when they need their horse ‘therapy’.
Soon, entire classes of young people on varying levels of the autism scale – as many as 20 children at a time – began coming every week as part of their curriculum.
And, then, a couple of programs that help those transitioning from homelessness back into society began bringing their clients on a weekly basis.
And a number of people in recovery from substance abuse came & some have never left, saying that the innate honesty & spirituality of Tierra Madre’s horses were helping them greatly in their quests for long-term sobriety & happiness.
We developed an Equine Experiential Coaching program for one-on-one & small group sessions to help people with emotional traumas & other issues in their backgrounds.
And, over the past few months, we’ve had numerous organizations reach out to us to design programs specifically for their clients.
It was as if the universe was pointing us in a specific direction. It was telling us that the horses we’ve helped & are helping are healers themselves. And, really, it completes the circle we’ve always envisioned: people helping horses to heal & then, having those horses helping people to heal. It’s incredible to see & experience.
Well, we’re formalizing our new expanded mission – that of our horses helping people – & we’re in the process of developing our own outreach program to expand the number of people we can help.
We’re growing.
Yes, we are.
We’re growing so we can help more spirits that, through no fault of their own, find themselves in need – both two-legged & four.
Now, the official introduction of our new, expanded mission will be unveiled at our annual fundraiser in October, but we kinda thought you guys should know now.
So that’s what I’m doing today.
We will be adding two words to our name – two words that reflect who we’ve actually been for a while & what we’ll be on into the future.
From now on, starting on October 12th, we will be calling ourselves ‘Tierra Madre Horse & Human Sanctuary’.
To be part of the newest chapter, begin by buying your tickets to our fourth annual benefit fundraiser, during which we will launch as Tierra Madre Horse & Human Sanctuary for the first time. Buy them HERE.
Stay tuned!