Equalia Actualization Certification program offered by Saffyre Sanctuary! I am quite new to really knowing horses, but after a "lightning bolt" moment I decided that I wanted/needed to incorporate these beautiful beings into my life and career on a much deeper level. So after researching several certification programs and not really feeling they were a good fit for me, I called on Kate Neligan (Equine Life Coach) to give me some guidance! Little did I know that she had just partnered with Esta Bernstein and Equalia. After meeting with Esta I knew I found the place I belonged. Esta's relationship with horses is the most amazing thing I have ever seen! She knows her stuff and she knows horses! In a very short time I have learned to look at horses as our partners in life, as they have such great gifts to offer and teach us. They guide us to really know ourselves and how they want/need to be treated, as well as, how we should treat our fellow humans. I have learned so much about their bodies, nutrition, bathing, grooming, how they like to play, be heard and how they are asking for our partnership, and being open to what they have to teach us. I see each and every horse as more beautiful than I ever did before! Where Esta teaches the horse side, Kate teaches us the human side with her life coaching skills. As I have just started to do my modules with Kate, she has gotten me more in touch with meditation and breathing and the healing touch and presence of these magnificent creatures. I am looking forward to her guiding me to be the best equine-assisted life coach I can be, which her years of experience and passion for sharing what she knows! Both Esta and Kate are always sending me helpful references to help me on my way, Not many instructors would be as giving and as invested. I appreciate it so much! Thank you both so much. I know that I have found forever friends and mentors in Kate and Esta and my life is so much richer for choosing to bring them along with me in my journey!
I came to Saffyre Sanctuary earlier this year through my friend, Katie Neligan. I signed up for the Equalia Coaching program with Katie and Esta. My experience has been only extremely positive. Esta has so many gifts and I have learned a great deal from her. I have done many Equine therapy sessions and Esta's one of the greatest teachers out there. She has a heart of gold, her intuition is off the charts, and her greatest gift lies in her personal connection with the horses. She deeply cares for these animals and is a true horse whisperer. I'm continuing my work with Esta and I'm passionate about the work that we are doing together.
I recently posted a story of my experience on my blog which you can find here:
It is TRUELY DISTURBING that people are forced to give a star where non is deserved. Barbara is 100% correct. This BS rescue is nothing but a farce. She keeps a few sick and injured horses to use as sad stories to generate income to support her personal horses. She has no occupation but for an allowance from her mother and still she uses donations to pay the board for her 3 horses. Two of which she BRED while running this phony rescue. GO THERE ( if you are a savy horse person ) SEE TGE TRUTH!!!
THIS ORGAIZATION IS A COMPLET FRAUD AND SCAM AND PROPER INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES HAVE BEEN CONTACTED DO NOT DONATE TO THIS ORGANIZATION!!!!!! ESTA BERNSTEIN HAS LITTLE TO NO REAL HORSE EXPERIENCE AND IN FACT HAD TO GELD ONE OF HER PERSONAL STALLIONS AS SHE COULD NOT HANDLE HIM
As the Founder of a 501c3 non-profit, I adhere to the highest standards transparency. I have invested my time, and the last 7 years of my life to help horses in need in California and across the country. In realizing that rescue involves highly charged emotions it’s understandable that many caring people in our field of helping animals can get emotional, however emotions do not always equate facts. Emotions blur perceptions. Social media, as wonderful as it is in helping us save horses, is also a very dangerous tool that can be used to discredit & even ruin ones reputation if fallen into the wrong hands. There is no such thing as responsible journalism when it comes to social media. Over the past few months, I have found that I was spending more time on damage control than rescuing horses. That being said, we were still able to place many horses in new loving homes. There are persons who may be sitting behind their computers strategically trying to find ways to not only ruin your life, but to sabotage your rescue efforts. These people are not rescuers, they are rescue sabotages. Their goal is to take the attention off of themselves and their own behavior & transfer it out onto innocent & reputable rescues. As a 501c3 we answer to the government as well as our own consciousness. I knew that addressing this issue in social medial was not going to be the answer. I stand behind what we do so strongly that we chose to address this issue in court. The person involved would not even give the judge a reason as to why they decided to attack us. This is now a matter of public record. Any individual can report any charity to the Attorney General, or any other agency, that is their right, and I have ABSOLUTELY no problem with us being reported. We have never done anything wrong, illegal or otherwise, and I am open and willing to share anything that comes from the fallout of this event. I am also going to state publicly that for every accusation made against me I can produce the proof to discredit the claim. For the people that chose to discredit us, I hope they will be as enthusiastic with our vindication, as they were when they tried to defame us.
Update: Saffyre move to a ranch willing to take them as they had nowhere to go, Esta has no respect for the ranch owner but it serves her so why not. If anyone knows horses, they are not to place their Stallions across the way from a fillie & mares. It is an accident waiting to happen. I was visiting friends there who care for other boarded horses and John/ one of Esta's lackeys admonished me for being there. I had to remind him that it isn't Esta's ranch and I had all rights to visit with friends.
The "rescues" are stalled in pairs in the back while Esta's horses, 2 stallions & 1 gelding are in comfortable in=door stalls. This again confirms that it is not about the rescues but all about the comfort & care of her own horses. I have renamed her sanctuary as a scamtuary. Volunteers don't know the story, they clean and follow direction oblivious to the real reasons why this sanctuary even exist. Money should be donated to real rescues and not to someone who doesn't work & owns 3 horses. Wake up people, she has no certifications and she has trumped all. She's good, she's slick and knows how to use people.
Finally after years of living in stalls with massive holes & rocks, two of the 4 rescues had their stalls refurbished. Hopefully this will reduce their hock injuries now that the stalls are more sturdy, It makes me happy to see the horses, Char & Lakota are finally getting more attention. They still have wraps and sores though. As a horse lover, I must report this and as long as this sanctuary pretends to "care" about horses, I will post as they deserve the proper care & attention and not the owner's horses who never go without anything.
I have known the President of this organization for 5 years and have followed their work and accomplishments since then. They assisted my own sanctuary in acquiring an aged Arabian stallion who needed a special home. Saffyre Sanctuary does wonderful work in rescuing, rehabbing and re-homing horses in need.
I started volunteering at Saffrey Sanctuary on a whim. Esta asked me why I was there - I didn't have an answer then, but I do now.
I realized that the real reason I was there was because I had a lot to learn, not just about the humane way to feed, handle, and be with a horse, but how to be a human alongside other beings. The horses are brilliant, and the people are loyal to their cause. Esta, John, Karen, and the horses continue to instill a greater sense of purpose, tenderness, and understanding in me.
Saffyre is not just a sanctuary where abused, neglected and misunderstood animals come to thrive; it is also where people come to flourish.
I first came to Saffyre Sanctuary on the recommendation of my girlfriend. I didn't think it was for me, but I went along anyway. Boy, was I wrong. After learning the right way to clean up after and feed the horses, I got a chance to connect with them and I was hooked. It's difficult to explain, but an afternoon with these beautiful creatures is extremely gratifying.
Saffyre Sanctuary has changed my life. Not only is it the best volunteer group i've had the privilege to be a part of, it is the most caring treatment of horses i know. I grew up with horses but the few months i've been volunteering at Saffyre have taught me more than my 36 years experience combined. I'm not sure who is benefitting more the horses or the people that lovingly take care of them.
I love volunteering at Saffyre anytime I am in town. Esta and John are both so passionate about the wellbeing of horses, and the horses here are given superb care. I can't say enough good things about Saffyre!
I have nothing but good things to say about Saffyre Sanctuary. I have volunteered here on numerous occasions, and have always been impressed with how deeply they care for the horses. The level of attention that that these horses are given is unparalleled and is truly heartwarming to see. Esta is a wonderful human being, whose love for horses is unlike anyone I have ever known! This place is doing great work.
I feel incredibly grateful and lucky to have connected with Esta and Saffyre. After reading The Tao of Equus 10 years ago, working in equine assisted therapy has been a dream of mine. Enter Katie, a wonderful woman working in this field, who in turn introduced me to her mentor Esta. I took a few courses with Katie which were enlightening, then went on to volunteer at the sanctuary. Esta generously shares her knowledge of everything regarding horses, from care and nutrition to healing therapy work. She also helped me overcome my nervousness around horses and build my confidence.
The deep, transformational care the rescue horses receive is inspirational. It makes you wish all horses could be treated so well.
I have taken 9 people to help volunteer at Saffyre and every one of them has come away feeling better about themselves, more deeply connected, and they all want to go back. If you have the chance to volunteer or donate please do. The positive role this charity plays in the world needs to not only continue, but expand.