horse in a winter pasture
horse in a winter pasture

Saving Gracie Equine Healing Foundation

Visit Gracie's Farm

Saving Gracie Equine Healing Foundation is a horse-rescue sanctuary founded by The Lodge at Blue Sky's owner, Barb Phillips.

Barb Phillips riding Gracie, a rescued horse
The Lodge at Blue Sky Owner Barb Phillips on Gracie.

History of Saving Gracie

In 2013, The Lodge at Blue Sky’s Owner, Barb Phillips, discovered a nearby ranch that was neglecting their animals. Several animals were in dire condition. Each day, Barb would take food and water down to the ranch and try to feed them and care for them over the fence to ensure that they got some much needed care. Barb developed a profound connection with one horse in particular, whom she visited every day. The horse was declining quickly and had an untreated wound and Barb knew that, if she did not intervene, this animal wouldn’t make it. Barb convinced an officer to trailer Gracie to a nearby veterinary hospital and took financial responsibility for her. Once Gracie had been given a clean bill of health by the vet, Barb loaded the horse into her own trailer and took her to an undisclosed location, vowing to care for her for the rest of the animal’s life. She named her Gracie, feeling that it was a “Saving Grace” that she was able to rescue this special creature. A year later, officers knocked on Barb’s door to investigate the theft of the horse, and they informed her that there could be legal action. Barb’s response: “You can put me in jail, but I will never allow that horse to go back to those people.”
  • Barb Philips founded ‘Saving Gracie Equine Healing Foundation,' named after her inspiration, Gracie.
  • Saving Gracie Equine Healing Foundation has rescued 28 horses and 30 cows since 2015.
How Saving Gracie is Making A Difference

Saving Gracie Equine Healing Foundation is a different type of animal rescue. The Lodge at Blue Sky is the only luxury guest ranch in North American that employs their own, full-time on-site vet to ensure that their special animals get the care and attention that they deserve.

cowgirl with horse

Rehabilitation

We take on animals with physical and emotional trauma that no other horse rescue foundation is able to, due to our exemplary resources for critical care. We treat our animals based on their individual physical, emotional and energetic needs which includes acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic work, onsite x-ray services, solarium treatment, therapeutic laser treatment, therapeutic podiatry, CBD oil treatment, dental work and more. Saving Gracie has a strong partnership with CSU for animals with advanced medical needs to ensure that the animals receive the most advanced medical care possible for optimal rehabilitation.
hand feeding an apple to a horse

Forever Home

When an animal comes to Saving Gracie, they find their forever home. If a “working horse” is no longer able to work, they can enjoy a beautiful retirement at Gracie’s, which is what happens at a lot of other ranches. It’s not about “not being useful anymore”, it’s about valuing their spirit and providing them with love and nurturing.
man and woman petting a horse

It's All About Communication

As with everything in life, communication is paramount to ensuring our horses live a happy and fulfilling life. Using non-verbal communication in the Vaquero style of natural horsemanship, we allow the horse to tell us what they want to do. If they want to keep working and have a “job”, we’ll train them until they can become a working horse again, some of which can possibly be ridden by guests of The Lodge at Blue Sky. If they tell us that they simply want to retire and have a peaceful life, that’s great too. Just like we listen to the individual needs of our guests, we listen to the individual needs of our animals and make sure that we take great care of them.
The Animals of Saving Gracie Equine Healing Foundation
Meet some of the animals rescued at Gracie's Farm.
How to Experience the Saving Gracie Foundation
Natural horsemanship and Monday Wellness Days are some of the ways that guests and locals can interact with our Foundation.

Visit us at The Farm

Life is busy and complicated. Work schedules are demanding; family needs are always present; our phones ping us with notifications all day long. There is arguably a universal desire to simplify, to create some space for internal peace and quiet, and to get back to the heart of what truly matters. When you visit us at Gracie’s Farm, you get the opportunity to get back into nature and connect with the animals that call Gracie’s Farm home.

Explore the incredible facilities of at the Saving Gracie Foundation and see the multitude of happy animals that are loved and cared for. The fresh mountain air and presence of creatures that have found a loving home is incredibly restorative.

We have horses spread out across many locations on Blue Sky’s 3,500 acres, but there are always some at Gracie’s Farm which you can help to feed and groom.

Introduce yourself (each one has been named after a country music singer - our largest rescue dairy cow is a Jurassic Park-sized cow named Hank after Hank Williams); feed them a snack (they are always appreciative!), and even give them a hug. Yes: Cow Cuddling is becoming quite popular due to it’s soothing effects on the autonomic nervous system!

Visit with our feathered friends, feed them, or collect eggs which get used in the daily breakfast menu at The Lodge at Blue Sky. (Egg production slows down in the winter when their metabolism slows down to keep them warm in the colder months, so egg collecting will be more readily available during the spring, summer and fall.) While at the coop, you may also spot Layla the Chicken Cat - our grey kitty who thinks she’s a chicken and spends most of her time in or near the coop.


horse running through a field
couple petting horse while it nuzzles them
Girl feeding horse in the winter
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Support Saving Gracie

Meaningful Gift Giving

Guests can support Saving Gracie in a number of ways. Click "Visit Gracie's Farm" at the top right to book an appointment to visit or volunteer. Instead of giving a physical gift, give the gift of compassion through a donation or animal sponsorship. Locals and guests of The Lodge at Blue Sky can give time by volunteering for a day at Gracie’s Farm on Tuesdays and Saturdays between 10am and noon. Help our dedicated Saving Gracie team while having the experience of being a farmer for the day.