How You Can Help

One of our biggest goals since ESS began in 2005 was to someday have a permanent home where we can build an indoor arena and provide therapeutic riding lessons and equine-assisted therapy programs year round.

We are very happy to announce that we did it!!! We raised $125,000 towards the purchase price of the property that we had been renting since January 2008. We completed the purchase in May 2015 and now we are paying mortgage payments instead of rent! We are excited and happy about this and looking forward to many more wonderful years here. In the coming years we will be working on grants and funding to pay off the mortgage and build an indoor arena. In the meantime, we have many smaller projects and improvements that we'd like to make.

Gift certificates to local merchants are a great way to donate! We regularly purchase supplies at these stores:
Blue Sky Feed, Ace Hardware, Smith's Grocers, Albertson's, Olguin's Lumber.

January 2017

A long-time wish for ESS came true - a brand new John Deere tractor, thanks to a generous donation for a wonderful ESS supporter!

We also got a manure spreader, arena drag and blade with the tractor. It has made our workload way more manageable!

Supplies needed:
For the horses:
Hay - clean, dust free good quality grass, grass/alfalfa mix, and alfalfa bales

Click here for printable form to send in with your donation, or use one of the links below to make your donation on-line.

Grain - Equine Senior
Beet pulp pellets
Alfalfa and/or timothy hay pellets
Salt and mineral blocks
Water tubs
Hay feeders
Fly masks
Solar charged electric fencer


Round Pen / portable panels / Gates
Rubber mats for stalls
Wheelbarrows & pitchforks

Large sign with ESS logo for entrance

Picnic tables, a couple nice big shade trees, and shrubs to plant alongside the wooden fence in front of the barn and to create a nice, outdoor break area for volunteers and visitors.

Sponsorship for the donkeys, ponies and mini's is $75/month; all others $150/month. This covers their basic feed, hoof care and deworming expenses. As long as this agreement is in effect, sponsors have first choice for adopting the equine identified above if and when he/she becomes available for adoption, and if it is in the best interests of the equine, as determined in the sole discretion of ESS. This agreement may be terminated, either orally or in writing, by either ESS or the sponsor at any time. NOTE: not all these are available for adoption. Some are retired here at ESS or are used for ESS programs, and still need sponsorship, but are not seeking new homes.
Click here for sponsorship form.

Office / participants / volunteers
Safety helmets, particularly kids' sizes small and extra small.

Gift certificates to local feed stores, mail order equine or veterinary supply catalogs, or other supply store for office supplies are greatly appreciated. Send to:
Equine Spirit Sanctuary, 13 Los Caballos Road, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557

Cid's Poker Chip Fund
Be sure to take your bags when you shop at Cid's. For every bag that you use for your purchases, you will get a poker chip to help support the non-profit of your choice. Look for the ESS canister and drop your chip in. Every month we get a nice check from Cid's as a result of this wonderful program.


THANK YOU!  Foundations and Corporations who generously support ESS 
Quail Roost Foundation Beal Family Fund
Paul and Virginia Cabot Charitable Trust Christopher Reynolds Foundation, Inc.
AmeriChoice Health Services St. James Episcopal Church
Taos Community Foundation / Child-Rite Fund R Ruth Foundation
Cid's Food Market Albertson's Grocers
Sherpa Fund, Santa Fe Community Foundation, for Edgewood Longears Safehouse (fiscal sponsor was ESS)
One Horse at a Time Foundation Animal Protection NM Equine Fund
NM Livestock Board / Equine Rescue state funding New Mexico Childrens Foundation

THANK YOU! ESS Sponsors and Supporters
Katherine Pettus
Louise Rose
Tom Garcia - Taos Tack
Graystone Furniture
Rita Dates
Taos Mountain Casino
Rebecca and John Hall
Janice & Blair Bouchier
Judith Babka
Bev Teagle
Lisa Sharp Harry Witt
Valerie Graves Michael Ballasone
Charles Strong Mardee Harrington
Carolyn Kiser G. M. Rodgers
Sangre de Cristo Horseman's Association Taos Saddle Club
Donors to the Arc program 2009 - 2011 Anonymous (but very, very much appreciated!)
Cindy Digeso Jill Griffin
Melissa Golladay Marleen Paul
Bill & Lynn Walters Sarah Reeb
Ursula Jorch Marilyn Olsen
Chamisa Feeds Bill Hudson
Tina Dillon Yale Jones
Petree Nursery / Mike Petree DeAnn Hall
Betty and Cid Backer Taos Community Foundation
Joy Browne Leslie Havard
Jane Dunlap Suzanne and James Miller
Teresa Pisano Jennifer Steele
Bill Hudson Kris Gallegos
Rosalyn North Mary and James Gilroy
Cybil Dunbar Ellen Roy
Rita Dates Dr. Bessie Babits, Medicine Wheel Equine
Peg Dove Donna Warnock
Terry and Bruce McClymond Patricia Ripley
Blue Sky Feed and Pet Supply Barbara Meikle
Janet Elder Sandra Miller
Lee Hester Deann Hall
Kimberley Casara Maggie Rankin
Michael Ballasome Bob's Five Star Burgers
Sandra Numedahl Mary Sue Comstock
Cynthia McGee Joel Nance
Thea / John Farnsworth Alley Cantina
Ellen Wicai Debbie Yaravitz
Diana Springer Trisha Nelson

And to the artists and local merchants who supported the "Spirit of the Horse" art exhibits, Donkey Fiesta, Holiday Horse Parties, and other ESS events and everyone else whose name we may have missed here, who made donations and donated time and materials to ESS!

Work that needs to be done
Fundraising - Grant writing
Cleaning - barn / clinic / getting the word out about the upcoming programs and events / helping with activities

Volunteers Wanted!
Volunteers welcome to help with horse care, cleaning, programs, etc. at ESS. Join the wonderful volunteers who help make things happen for our horses, our kids and our programs! Help is needed in all areas, including office work. Lots of outdoor work, indoor work, horse work, special events - if you have a talent or skill to share, we most likely need it! No horse experience necessary. We will teach you how to scoop poop, brush horses, and everything in between. E-mail or stop out.

We mostly need help on our open days, which are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

If you are interested in assisting with the equine assisted activities with disabled persons, volunteers are needed during the summer/fall months for the therapeutic riding program. Call or email for details.

Support ESS with your purchases from and help ESS! Go to and select Equine Spirit Sanctuary for your designated charity.

If you are interested in volunteering your time to help with our activities, or if you have materials or supplies to donate, or would like to make a contribution towards purchase of any of the items needed, please email: