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Equestrian Spirits, Inc., a Registered 501(c)(3) Public Charity, is a full lifetime (no-kill) holistic shelter.
The majority of our horses are Thoroughbreds. From retired stakes winners to abandoned broodmares our unique program offers opportunities for these horses to redefine their lives.
While one of our rescues won the McClay finals at Madison Square Garden in 1988, others may simply live out their lives grazing in peace at our farm.
“Our sanctuary is based on love, freedom, and the principals of the true art of Classical Horsemanship. With rescue and rehab horses trust is imperative. We cater to each individual’s needs as they arise. With the right balance between the freedom of choice and the enticement of what an animal loves the most, a bond will form between horse and human, allowing the team to achieve their personal desires. Given the choice, most horses will guide themselves in the direction of their greatest ability; while their handler must learn to encourage and reward, careful not to inhibit that forte. As reflected in the wisdom of Xenophon (360 B.C.), ‘Anything forced and misunderstood can never be beautiful.’”
Laurie Wolf’s lifetime career in the equine industry brings vast knowledge and varied abilities to the sanctuary. A diverse history in Show Jumping, Dressage, thoroughbred racing, naturally gaited horses, and Paralympics, Laurie guides the (non-breed specific) herd toward directions in which they find comfort and peace.
Laurie L. Wolf
“My role as veterinary advisor for Equestrian Spirits is to serve as a consultant for general questions of animal care, and to address specific problems in individual animals, if I am the appropriate veterinarian to do so. As a holistic veterinarian, my concern is to identify and treat the roots of a problem, not just its symptoms. ”
Dr. Peck has a strong research background; M.S. in Reproductive Physiology (Equine); 30 years experience in basic, applied, and clinical research. She has post-graduate training and teaching experience in alternative medicine: homeopathy, acupuncture, nutrition, soft tissue therapy, and NeuroEmotional Technique (NET). She is certified in applied kinesiology (functional neurology), kinesiotaping , and thermal imaging. Her clinical interests are: subtle lameness, chronic pain, neuromuscular function, metabolic issues, environmental toxins.
Lynn S. Peck, DVM, MS
“As a teacher and mental health specialist I bring an alternative dynamic into our program of animal rehabilitation. With my health care expertise, organizational skills, and attention to detail, I use my patience and kindness to ensure a quality of life which many have lost. Believing that all lives have a purpose I look for new paths to rebuild their hopes and their comfort.”
Earning bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education and Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Polly went on to teach over 20 years including 13 years with inner city children. Currently working as a behavior specialist, she is earning a Master’s degree in special education and behavior analysis. Since 1992 Polly has been using and teaching aromatherapies and natural health modalities for people and animals.
“Due to a degenerative disease I suddenly found myself blind. Forced into early retirement I have a personal understanding of what these animals endure through unexpected life changes. My physical challenges drive and direct me to help our animals find their way to rediscovery of purpose.”
As a Paramedic for nearly 27 years and a Firefighter for 7, De possesses a natural comfort with medicine and hard work. Assisting surgery at the Small Animal Emergency Center in Bradenton, FL, and studying equine psychology and service dog therapy, she focuses her energies towards healing and safety.
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We accept Mastercard, Visa, Discover card, American Express, and of course, Paypal account.
You can send a check to our address:
Equestrian Spirits, Inc.
P. O. Box 713
Anthony, Florida 32617
There is not an amount too small nor too large!
If you ever receive a gift card you will not use or would like to purchase one for us, we always appreciate a wide variety of gift cards especially from the following:
One of our many local supply stores
CONTACT OUR SUPPLIERS
If you would like to specifically donate feed, hay, veterinary services, supplements, etc., check out our supplier who accept payments for us and you can contact them directly.
SPONSOR A HORSE
You may sponsor all or part of an individual, with some horses needing more support than others. The average fee for a sponsorship is $250 per month. This covers the majority of their feed, hay and farrier (hoof trimming) bills. A small amount of this also goes to what we term ‘topicals.’*
*Topicals are fly sprays, hoof dressings, common skin ointments, shampoos etc. It does not cover medical washes, horseshoes (if needed), cribbing straps, fly masks, dental work, vet charges, tack, special supplements or medicines.
Volunteer work can be once, weekly, monthly or on a random basis. You do not have to work a minimum of hours or days to be appreciated.
A variety or skills may be of service if you are good at fence repair, tree trimming, painting, or cleaning. If you have a desire to work with the animals they appreciate a good grooming, bath or even a quiet walk with a companion.
You do not need to have skills in animal handling because we teach anyone of any level our way.
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A dream of a horse, 17 turtles, 5 dogs, 4 cats, 3 fish, 2 mice, 1 rabbit, 1 bird, a frog and a hamster started it all...
A horse who has been with us for 26 years turned 38! We celebrated the birthday of 4 horses who turned 31. All have been with us over 16 years: one, all 31 years, another 29, and another 25 years. One of our mares made it to age 32. One mare is now 30; still sound and ridable. She has been with us since she was 4 Our eldest rescue cat is now 17 and has been with us for 16 years. We saved 2 pregnant kittens and 12 babies. A new mules and rescue dog has come to stay.
- Accepted as a member in the Williston Chamber of Commerce; Williston, Florida
One of our FEI geldings celebrated his 32nd birthday. He was with us 14 years. Two of our dogs reached their 12th birthdays; both with us for 11 years.
The Champion Amateur Owner Hunter, Goodnight, was donated to find a new career. We saved a family of 18 neglected animals.
One of our mares reached her 32nd birthday. One of our geldings reached his 33rd birthday; he met us in 1997.
- Formed 6 member auxiliary board; this non voting board is for research and advisory.
- Formalized officers; became 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity.
- By 2010 we had cared for over 80 of our own horses with close to 80% becoming champions in the show ring; dozens making it into their 30s, still sound. Several hundred more came in as training, performance or sale horses many of whom we guided into impressive careers; including: Insilco Dressage Award, qualifying for American Quarter Horse World, Friends of Sound Horses National Show, Arabian Regional Finals, 4-H State, United States Pony Club Rally among others.
- Over 60 cats have been in our care. More than a third lived past age 16.
Of the 50 dogs who moved in, 18 were coy-dogs (coyote crosses). Forty-two pet mice and a snake (who did not eat those mice) spent their entire lives with us. Thirty-seven fish,14 birds, 12 chickens, 8 ducks, 6 goats, 4 sheep, 2 emu, 2 roosters, 2 donkeys, 2 mules and a llama helped us on our way to beginning the non-profit.
- Lynn S. Peck, DVM, Gainesville, Florida accepted the position of Veterinary Advisor.
- Laurie L. Wolf, DeLania Lockliear, and Polly McMillan established the groundwork for the non-profit animal sanctuary, Equestrian Spirits, Inc.
- Laurie L. Wolf is one of four people who wrote the first Gaited Dressage Rule Book (FOSH), including the Florida Gaited Cracker Horse.
-The Paladin herd was formed.
- Olympian Imtiaz Anees, as well as his students and horses, were housed for the winter Event season.
- Sunshine Advocates for Sound Horses (SASH).
- Animal Bowen Clinic was hosted with Lynn S. Peck, DVM
- We hosted the Independent Judges Seminar (IJA) for Friends of Sound Horses(FOSH).
- With Lynn S. Peck, DVM, we hosted the Animal Bowen Clinic, which was founded by Carol Bennett.
- We hosted West-Fest celebration featuring cowboy poets and country bands including Waddie Mitchell, Sisters of the Silver Sage, Gary McMahan, Scott O'Malley and others.
- We hosted a Connemara riding tour of Ireland under Willie Leahy.
- Dressage, Jumper, Gaited, Open, Combined Training and Trail Trials in house show circuits began, and each ran for five years until stable closed.
- As part of our organization, we created and funded the following education programs:
- Equestrian Spirits 4-H - founded ES horse club.
- We fully funded Paint 'n Ride Summer Camp for local teens; 27 children attend at no charge.
- We were granted the New Business Award with the Williston Chamber of Commerce.
- We started our own trap and re-home or release feral cat program.
- Mentor herd was formed.
- International working student program were initiated.
- Certification programs instated.
- Amik Run, 189-acre farm with lovely pastures, indoor arena, and plenty of riding space, become our home.
- Junior Olympic Invitational was founded and hosted JOI for teens.
- Trained Dressage mare Cimmeron Fancy, who was personally trained by Laurie L. Wolf, participated in the International Paralympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia, where she earned three ribbons for her rider Sharon Konneman of the Australian Paralympic Team.
- Judging Apprenticeship program began.
- Course and Test Design program began.
- Horsemanship and HorseMasters courses was instated.
- We founded Centaur Farm, 30-acre farm to begin to create rehabilitation program for our "Centaurs."
- Centaur herd was formed. Centaur herd often share their lives with loyal volunteers or are being conditioned to possibly embark on a new career after being rehabilitated to a level of personal comfort. The honesty, bravery, perseverance and heart of these saddened animals continuously touch all who aspire to return them to a life they deserve. W.E. Henley’s Invictus has become our “Creed of the Centaurs” as it describes the amazing constitution of these survivors!
CREED OF THE CENTAURS
Invictus - W.E. Henley (1849-1902 Gloucester, England)
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeoning of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishment the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
- We Founded HorseMasters 4-H.
- Centaur Dressage, Jumper and Prix Caprilli tests for schooling shows as well as leadline, walk, in-hand, gaited, driven, and others as format for advancement of novice horses and/or riders towards USDF competitions began.
- Walk Trot Test II was given to Col. Jack Kimball. He later offered it to USDF when they introduced their Walk/Trot Intro Tests into recognized shows.
- Working student program was initiated.
- We established Brighton Farms and Hurry-Up Farm Hunter Show Circuits; and both ran many years in Southern Maryland.
- We established/judged Competitive Trail Rides in Southern Maryland and Florida.
- We had our first horse- Amik.