"Somewhere...somewhere in time's own space
There must be some sweet pastured place
Where creeks sing on and tall trees grow
Some Paradise where horses go.

For by the love that guides my pen
I know great horses live again."
-Stanley Harrison

Jasmine (Jazz)

Jasmine, better known as Jazz, came to ESS the winter of 2011. This beautiful mare apparently had never experienced enough kindness and love from gentle people. She was filled with tension, fear and anger, and at times it came out as aggression. But underneath that was a horse that just wanted to be loved.

We gave Jazz the space she needed, gave her friends and horse family to be with, and she eventually began to blossom into the lovely soul that she was, until the day that she layed down and peacefully passed away.

Sometimes a horse like this comes into our lives, seems to get a lot better, and then, for no apparent reason dies. I felt bad, wondering what more we could have done for her. After taking care of her and trying to do all that we could, it didn't make sense. But I realized how much I had learned from this beautiful horse and how much she gave back, in the only way she knew how, during her time with us at ESS. RIP, dear Jazz.


Mateo was a sweet little Arab/Quarter horse gelding that came to ESS in the fall of 2009. When he arrived, he was extremely emaciated due to dental issues. He simply has no teeth in the back of his mouth to chew hay with. He regained his weight and health at ESS, thriving on a diet of soft mash made of soaked beet pulp pellets, alfalfa and timothy hay pellets and equine senior, along with Nature's Select, extruded complete horse feed. A big thank you to Diana Dau for always making sure that Mateo never ran out of this feed and her generous donation of a bag every month for him. And Mateo also had his very own Ninja food processor machine for shredding carrots, his favorite treat.

Mateo was the self-appointed Keeper of the Donkeys. He was like a mother hen, keeping watch over his little friends. He also enjoyed being a program horse for the grooming and leading exercises with kids and disabled persons. In his final year, he and Casey became best buds. As Mateo's arthritis issues and old age got the best of him, Casey looked out for him and stayed by his side. It was touching to see the love that these two gentle old horses shared. It was a sad day when we had to say goodbye to Mateo in April 2013, but he deserved to leave us in the same manner in which he had lived his final days, with grace and dignity. Mateo touched the lives of many during his short time at ESS - horses, humans and donkeys, too. RIP, dear Mateo.

And Tali, too
Talitha, pictured above with Mateo, was another precious being whose time on earth was far too short. Tali was a miniature donkey who had damage to her vertebrae that got progressively worse as she grew up, causing her to have balance problems. She was an extremely bright, happy little donkey, though, who showed everyone her love of life and taught us all many lessons about what it means to live each day to the fullest and to make the best of our time here. Our beautiful, sweet little Tali, too, left her tiny hoof print on our hearts.

Remembering Perla

Perla, above, pictured with her big friend William. Sadly, Perla's life here on earth came to an end in November, 2010. Our sympathies to her Rita and all Perla's human family and friends, who loved her so much.

As we learned, sometimes all the love in the world just isn't enough to save those that we care about.

Perla will be remembered for the lovely little horse that she was. We know that she is in a better place now, healthy and happy once again.

Saying Goodbye to Buck

We lost Buck on June 12, 2009 to colic. It was very sudden and unexpected. I did not expect to lose Buck like that. He was healthy, happy and had not shown any signs of digestive problems. The past several months probably were the happiest of his life.

I had adopted Buck back in 2004 after he had been sadly neglected and was starving. He was a chronic cribber and even after he regained his weight and health, the cribbing continued to be a problem. That is, until his last year of life. Buck had always been at the bottom of the pecking order with other horses, picked on and chased around, which didn't help his cribbing issues. But when I turned him out with Ginger, Soxy and Baylee, he decided he was the boss of his new herd and he firmly let the others know. The mares fell in love with him. Baylee, the two year old gelding, found a male friend that he could relate to. Buck would play with Baylee, and they were like two young colts, nipping, rearing, chasing each other, mock fighting. Buck was a happy, happy horse. He looked years younger and content and secure.

Sometimes I'd look out in the early dawn and see Buck herding Baylee, circling him, turning him, trotting smoothly and fluidly, gracefully doing little pirouttes as he and Baylee frolicked. It was like they were dancing, and it was so incredibly beautiful.

And then I noticed something else one day. Buck was no longer cribbing. After all those years, Buck's life was complete. He had his very own special horse family, a life that he truly enjoyed and that met all of his needs.

Buck had been the main inspiration behind the formation of ESS. I knew when I moved to Taos that I wanted to do a horse rescue. This had been a long-time dream of mine. It took getting a horse like Buck to motivate me to taking the first step towards making the dream a reality.

A few nights after Buck died, when the sun came out after a late afternoon shower there was a beautiful huge double rainbow that arched from mountain to mountain. It reminded me of the photo I once took of Buck and Bindy, under the arch of a big rainbow.

Buck was a very special horse. I used to say Buck was a fine horse with a big, big heart. Even when I first got him, when all his bones were showing, he had a sparkle in his eye and an optimistic, bright outlook. He made a lot of friends through ESS and there is an empty feeling here without him. But I still feel that his spirit, his beautiful presence is out there, somewhere, over the rainbows.


Donations were made to ESS in honor and memory of the following:

Memorial donation made by Lesley Fay in memory of Champ

Memorial donation made by Valerie Graves in memory of Taffy, Spot and Starlight

Memorial donation by Irene Colvin and Marian Barlow in memory of
Ed Sandoval and Ann Huston's Arabian gelding
El Patrone

Memorial donations made by Carolyn Kiser and G Maureen Rodgers
in memory of their sweet little dog

ESS is registered in the State of New Mexico as a non-profit organization, a licensed horse rescue and
501(c)(3) recognized public charity.

For more information, contact us at:

The Equine Spirit Sanctuary - For Horses and People!