Why and how do horses work with humans?
Horses are deeply connected to our humanity-perhaps more so than any other being with which we share on this planet. 


Ages ago, when we humans were still wild in our nature, horses formed a partnership with us that forever changed our destiny. Over the millennia, they have guided us out of the wilderness and into the light. They have carried our burdens, worked alongside us, toiled for us, fought beside us in war and sacrificed themselves to nourish our prosperity and our bodies. They have willingly bore our hope on their strong backs, moving us forward into the future we now share. We are intrinsically interwined with the horse.  Even though many of us no longer share a day to day bond with an equine spirit,we can not deny John Trotwood Moore’s assessment that “Whenever man has left his footprints in the long ascent from barbarism to civilization, we find the hoofprint of a horse beside it.”
Through thousand of years of partnership, horses have come to understand us like no other being. The eyes of a horse can see into places deep within us-and their hearts can reach places we ourselves do not know how to find. With their touch- their mere presence-they can heal us, making whole that which is fragmented; restoring that which was lost. It is true,the horse may no longer till our fields or serve as transportation, but they still have a great deal to give. They now offer us what we need most- healing, insight, and true connection to spirit. Perhaps that was their plan all along. 


STEPS Sanctuary has adopted 14 rescue horses from the Colorado Horse Rescue that are currently doing wonderful things at the ranch. Some of them work with survivors of abuse, neglect, domestic violence, or assault. Some of them are working with autistic children, and others are just enjoying the rest of their lives at the ranch.  Many of these angels have been through hard times in their past and are paying it forward to help others. Horses are amazing healers and the work they do is breathtaking. Here are their stories:


  Diamond (In Memoriam) Diamond came to STEPS Sanctuary along with all the other horses from Colorado Horse Rescue. She was blind in one eye due to an eye infection prior to arriving at CHR. She was best friends with Sierra; the two were inseparable. Before her death in Spring 2014, Diamond was an amazing healing horse. She was gentle and connected to anyone who worked with her. She had such a big heart and allowed everyone to feel very safe when they were with her.  Diamond was able to spend the last 6 months of her long life at the STEPS Sanctuary enjoying lots of naps in the sun and eating green grass in the pastures. We were all with her in her last moments, including her best friend, Sierra. She is truly missed but her healing spirit continues to watch over the herd at the Ranch. We know she is running free with old friends. We love you, Diamond!

 

Diamond (In Memoriam)
Diamond came to STEPS Sanctuary along with all the other horses from Colorado Horse Rescue. She was blind in one eye due to an eye infection prior to arriving at CHR. She was best friends with Sierra; the two were inseparable. Before her death in Spring 2014, Diamond was an amazing healing horse. She was gentle and connected to anyone who worked with her. She had such a big heart and allowed everyone to feel very safe when they were with her.  Diamond was able to spend the last 6 months of her long life at the STEPS Sanctuary enjoying lots of naps in the sun and eating green grass in the pastures. We were all with her in her last moments, including her best friend, Sierra. She is truly missed but her healing spirit continues to watch over the herd at the Ranch. We know she is running free with old friends. We love you, Diamond!

Aurora Aurora is a beautiful 22 year old Black Tennessee Walker that came to the Colorado Horse Rescue as a surrender. She came from a very loving home but had to be given up because of her owners death from cancer. She is very curious and sweet. She has one of the biggest personalities on the property. She is an amazing healing horse for the students of our Horses Mending Hearts program. We love her attitude and beautiful deep black eyes that see right into your heart. 

Aurora

Aurora is a beautiful 22 year old Black Tennessee Walker that came to the Colorado Horse Rescue as a surrender. She came from a very loving home but had to be given up because of her owners death from cancer. She is very curious and sweet. She has one of the biggest personalities on the property. She is an amazing healing horse for the students of our Horses Mending Hearts program. We love her attitude and beautiful deep black eyes that see right into your heart. 

Topaz Wow! So many wonderful things to say about this beautiful, gentle, amazing healing angel. She is one of the sweetest mares we have ever met. She is so connected to any person needing any healing and she willingly offers it in the most beautiful and gentle way. It is an honor to watch her do her magic and everyone walks away changed. Topaz came to the Colorado Horse Rescue very sick and almost died. With lots of love and work she rallied back to become a healthy and grateful girl. She is such a beautiful spirit and we love her so deeply. Thanks Topaz for showing us your magic!

Topaz

Wow! So many wonderful things to say about this beautiful, gentle, amazing healing angel. She is one of the sweetest mares we have ever met. She is so connected to any person needing any healing and she willingly offers it in the most beautiful and gentle way. It is an honor to watch her do her magic and everyone walks away changed. Topaz came to the Colorado Horse Rescue very sick and almost died. With lots of love and work she rallied back to become a healthy and grateful girl. She is such a beautiful spirit and we love her so deeply. Thanks Topaz for showing us your magic!

Rowdy Rowdy is a 23 year old Registered Morgan Gelding. He was donated to the STEPS Sanctuary with his best buddy Shonie,They were gifted to the Sanctuary from a very sweet family that just didn’t have the time for the boys that they deserved. Rowdy has a   very sweet disposition and not a “rowdy” bone in him. He is very gentle and kind. He loves grooming and has become one of our top horses for our Leadership programs. We love having him and look forward to lots of fun with him.

Rowdy

Rowdy is a 23 year old Registered Morgan Gelding. He was donated to the STEPS Sanctuary with his best buddy Shonie,They were gifted to the Sanctuary from a very sweet family that just didn’t have the time for the boys that they deserved. Rowdy has a   very sweet disposition and not a “rowdy” bone in him. He is very gentle and kind. He loves grooming and has become one of our top horses for our Leadership programs. We love having him and look forward to lots of fun with him.

Shonie(In Memoriam) Shonie was a 23 year old Registered Morgan that came with his long time buddy, Rowdy and like Rowdy, he was super sweet and gentle. He connected deeply with our warriors and was a great addition to all the programs we offer and was one of our superstars!!  We miss him dearly and know he is running free again.  

Shonie(In Memoriam)

Shonie was a 23 year old Registered Morgan that came with his long time buddy, Rowdy and like Rowdy, he was super sweet and gentle. He connected deeply with our warriors and was a great addition to all the programs we offer and was one of our superstars!!  We miss him dearly and know he is running free again.

 

Rain Rain is a flashy red and white 14 year old Paint horse. He came to the Colorado Horse Rescue from the same group as Phoenix.Turns out he is related to Phoenix. Rain had not received any training prior to arriving at the rescue.The rescue put a great foundation on him and he got adopted to a very nice woman that had him for about 3 years. He started having some issues with his back, and ended up back at the rescue. STEPS Sanctuary was happy to hear that so the family could be reunited. STEPS was thrilled to be about to adopt him. He is back in training and proving to be a wonderful team player with the Leadership groups. He has a wonderful personality and loves people. 

Rain

Rain is a flashy red and white 14 year old Paint horse. He came to the Colorado Horse Rescue from the same group as Phoenix.Turns out he is related to Phoenix. Rain had not received any training prior to arriving at the rescue.The rescue put a great foundation on him and he got adopted to a very nice woman that had him for about 3 years. He started having some issues with his back, and ended up back at the rescue. STEPS Sanctuary was happy to hear that so the family could be reunited. STEPS was thrilled to be about to adopt him. He is back in training and proving to be a wonderful team player with the Leadership groups. He has a wonderful personality and loves people. 

Spice Spice is our very special and unique 5 year old half Quarter Horse and half Miniature Horse. She is our feisty little red head. She was surrendered to a rescue in Denver and was brought to Colorado Horse Rescue to find a home. All at the STEPS Sanctuary love having her here. She has a huge personality and is currently learning lots of groundwork. She is incredibly smart and loves learning.. We think she was a racehorse in a past life because she loves running as fast as she can around our very large  arena. She is super fast!

Spice

Spice is our very special and unique 5 year old half Quarter Horse and half Miniature Horse. She is our feisty little red head. She was surrendered to a rescue in Denver and was brought to Colorado Horse Rescue to find a home. All at the STEPS Sanctuary love having her here. She has a huge personality and is currently learning lots of groundwork. She is incredibly smart and loves learning.. We think she was a racehorse in a past life because she loves running as fast as she can around our very large  arena. She is super fast!

Sam Sam is owned by Debra Thomas, Horses Mending Hearts founder.  He is a stunning 25 years old Golden Quarter Horse and is now retired from a long life of being a show horse. Sam spent his whole life in the show ring in Western pleasure, flatwork English, and Trail work. He is enjoying his final days in the green pastures with his best friend Splash. Sam has arthritis in his knees so he is no longer ridable. He doesn’t mind not being ridden anymore because he gets to just be a pasture boy in the sun and green grass.

Sam

Sam is owned by Debra Thomas, Horses Mending Hearts founder.  He is a stunning 25 years old Golden Quarter Horse and is now retired from a long life of being a show horse. Sam spent his whole life in the show ring in Western pleasure, flatwork English, and Trail work. He is enjoying his final days in the green pastures with his best friend Splash. Sam has arthritis in his knees so he is no longer ridable. He doesn’t mind not being ridden anymore because he gets to just be a pasture boy in the sun and green grass.

Splash Splash is owned by Bill Kipp, founder of FAST Defense. Splash was abandoned by his previous owner because of financial reasons and was left behind at a boarding facility. He spent his life in the Hunter Jumper world. He is 27 years old and is retired. He got adopted by Bill to become a friend for Sam. They are best friends and enjoy each other’s company napping in the sun.  He is enjoying his final days at the STEPS Sanctuary eating green grass in the pastures during the day. He is a very sweet and gentle guy.

Splash

Splash is owned by Bill Kipp, founder of FAST Defense. Splash was abandoned by his previous owner because of financial reasons and was left behind at a boarding facility. He spent his life in the Hunter Jumper world. He is 27 years old and is retired. He got adopted by Bill to become a friend for Sam. They are best friends and enjoy each other’s company napping in the sun.  He is enjoying his final days at the STEPS Sanctuary eating green grass in the pastures during the day. He is a very sweet and gentle guy.

Latigo Latigo is a very handsome 16 year old Red Roan American Paint Horse. He spent many years as a dude ranch horse in the mountains. He came to the Colorado Horse Rescue because he could no longer handle the rough terrain.  He was mentally shut down from never being heard or having an opinion. He has come a long way since arriving at STEPS Sanctuary. He loves to meet new people. He has  beautiful big deep brown eyes that melt your heart. We are so happy to have him here with his incredible sensitive nature. He thrives on gentle touch and affection.

Latigo

Latigo is a very handsome 16 year old Red Roan American Paint Horse. He spent many years as a dude ranch horse in the mountains. He came to the Colorado Horse Rescue because he could no longer handle the rough terrain.  He was mentally shut down from never being heard or having an opinion. He has come a long way since arriving at STEPS Sanctuary. He loves to meet new people. He has  beautiful big deep brown eyes that melt your heart. We are so happy to have him here with his incredible sensitive nature. He thrives on gentle touch and affection.

Finn Finn is a tall, handsome and very curious 20 year old black Tennessee Walker. We have affectionately named him “Curious George”. When heading out to the pens he is the first one looking over the pens right at you with his soft beautiful eyes. He knickers to say hello and follows you down the fence line to see what you are up to. He is guaranteed to make you stop and smile every time you are with him. What a pleasure he is. He is really working at becoming a deep healer and looks forward to every program to show up with his beautiful spirit. Thank you big guy!

Finn

Finn is a tall, handsome and very curious 20 year old black Tennessee Walker. We have affectionately named him “Curious George”. When heading out to the pens he is the first one looking over the pens right at you with his soft beautiful eyes. He knickers to say hello and follows you down the fence line to see what you are up to. He is guaranteed to make you stop and smile every time you are with him. What a pleasure he is. He is really working at becoming a deep healer and looks forward to every program to show up with his beautiful spirit. Thank you big guy!

Jessie Jessie is our beautiful 13 year old Rocky Mountain Horse. He is a very special boy. He is Blind. He is gentle, kind and very loving. He is incredibly social with everyone that comes to the ranch. He loves putting his head over the gate and jumping in on your “selfies”. His ears are his eyes and he is very in tune with everything. He loves having people hang out with him and tell him how beautiful he is. 

Jessie

Jessie is our beautiful 13 year old Rocky Mountain Horse. He is a very special boy. He is Blind. He is gentle, kind and very loving. He is incredibly social with everyone that comes to the ranch. He loves putting his head over the gate and jumping in on your “selfies”. His ears are his eyes and he is very in tune with everything. He loves having people hang out with him and tell him how beautiful he is. 

Willie Willie is a very adorable black and white paint mini horse. He came to Colorado Horse Rescue at 8 years old and was recently gelded. He is very friendly with people and learning to play with other horses. Stallions live a very solitary life. By getting gelded, he now gets to hang out with the others. He loves kids and has learned lots of groundwork. He loves coming out of his pen when we have groups here to hang out with everyone. 

Willie

Willie is a very adorable black and white paint mini horse. He came to Colorado Horse Rescue at 8 years old and was recently gelded. He is very friendly with people and learning to play with other horses. Stallions live a very solitary life. By getting gelded, he now gets to hang out with the others. He loves kids and has learned lots of groundwork. He loves coming out of his pen when we have groups here to hang out with everyone. 

Oatmeal Our little hobbit horse. He is very small and shy. He was very afraid of people when he first came to the ranch, but in the last year, he now comes up to everyone to say hi. We love this little guy. We don’t ask much of him on a regular basis and that is what is helping him to learn to trust people again. We recently found out he loves peppermint candy. He gets lots of them now and always has fresh breath.

Oatmeal

Our little hobbit horse. He is very small and shy. He was very afraid of people when he first came to the ranch, but in the last year, he now comes up to everyone to say hi. We love this little guy. We don’t ask much of him on a regular basis and that is what is helping him to learn to trust people again. We recently found out he loves peppermint candy. He gets lots of them now and always has fresh breath.