Saving Gracie Equine Healing Foundation
Saving Gracie Equine Healing Foundation is a horse-rescue sanctuary founded by The Lodge at Blue Sky's owner, Barb Phillips.
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.
It's All About Communication
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.
At Saving Gracie, we practice a style of natural horsemanship methodology called “Vaquero.” Where many guest ranches in North America employ a harsher methodology of “breaking the horse” (as in breaking its spirit so that it becomes responsive to instruction), we instead employ a very gentle type of training that values energetic, non-verbal communication which works with the individual energies and personalities of each animal. The end result is that the horse feels valued, learns to build trust, and becomes very responsive to individuals. Vaquero is a style of horsemanship taught by renowned “horse whisperer” Buck Brannaman, one of Barb Phillip’s longtime mentors and teachers of the wranglers at Saving Gracie's and The Lodge at Blue Sky. Guests of The Lodge at Blue Sky can book natural horsemanship lessons to learn about this powerful method of non-verbal communication, and feel the profound transformational effects that it has on both human and horse.Book an Experience
Wellness & Recovery
Each Monday, locals as well as guests of The Lodge at Blue Sky are invited to visit the Remuda, our 36,000 square foot indoor riding arena, to personally witness the exceptional level of care that our animals receive. As you enter The Remuda, you’ll hear soothing music and be able to see our animals receive massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic work, special horseshoe work, and time in the solarium. Once our animals receive the physical treatment that they need, we often get them to a place where they are more receptive to receiving emotional healing, particularly for horses that have experienced any sort of trauma. Guests that visit the Remuda will learn about the wide spectrum of healing that horses receive and will be able to experience that profound transformation first-hand.Visit During Wellness Days