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
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.