“Your hand has the power to hurt me or to heal me..Look into my eyes to the heart of my soul and choose to heal me.”

Margrit Coates, Healing for Horses.

Star Light -born at the Sanctuary May 4, 2007. PMU foal.

Welcome to our site!

In 2002, Institute of the Southwest, a 501(c)3 public charity and California educational corporation, branched out into the world of horse rescue.  Under the project title, Spirit of Equus Rescue, the organization focused on providing a sanctuary or sacred place for horses in crisis, assisting in the re-homing of horses in the field, creating a herd-based approach to the holistic healing of horses entering the sanctuary, and continuing our emphasis on education by providing workshops, courses and publications for the benefit of the public.

In 2010, Institute of the Southwest spun off an additional project ~ Energy Healing ~ to provide support for the healing of sanctuary horses and any horse in the field.

In 2012, after 2 full years of development and successful application of our techniques with “Spirit”, an abandoned Arabian gelding in our care, we launched the Horse of Light Holistic Healing Program. In 2014 we took in Seth the Candeyman, a retired TB racehorse with multiple health issues.  After four years of energy support and natural healing, Seth asked to be released from his ailing body.  Spiritually, Seth was healed and ready to transition. He wanted to leave his spent body behind and move on to his next life. We honored his request.

The Sanctuary is not open to the public. However, individuals are welcome to call for an appointment to meet the horses. The Director occasionally invites guests to an observation of herd and prey animal behavior which is offered as a educational opportunity.  You may contact the Sanctuary Director at spiritofequus@outlook.com.

The photos in our header are of our horses over the years as well as the various ranches we owned or rented since 2001.

 For the horses…..


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