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Saffyre Sanctuary, Inc.

Rating: 4.72 stars   39 reviews 1,183

Address:

P.O. Box 921708 Sylmar CA 91392 USA

Mission:

Saffyre Sanctuary is a rescue and rehabilitation program that cares for horses that have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. By allowing them to rediscover their true nature, we provide every opportunity for them to explore the possibility of enjoying a second career, or offer them a well deserved retirement due to soundness issues, age, or owner hardships. Saffyre Sanctuary assists homeless horses in finding their forever person. Through our networks, we successfully place them in homes that give them a new lease on life. If they are unable to physically perform in their new life path, we try to find other loving places where they can live in peace and comfort or serve as companion equines. Saffyre Sanctuary specializes in rescuing horses that would have no other chance of being saved. These horses are ones that have behavior issues, or are in need of a lengthy recovery and complex rehabilitation procedures. Our focus on quality, not quantity, enables us to give the horses in our care the very best chance of complete physical, mental and emotional recovery. Our unique approach of equine care specializes in holistic nutrition, holistic rehabilitation, environmentally friendly equine housing, and green facility management. Although Saffyre Sanctuary is an all-breed rescue, we have a special place in our hearts to the plight and distinctive needs of the Arabian breed. We are one of very few rescue organizations that works with Arabians, and maintains a following of Arabian enthusiasts who are familiar with their unique disposition. If you are looking to add an Arabian to your home, please consider adopting or fostering one of our loving horses. Volunteer opportunities are provided to children and the community, which emphasize the importance of proper equine care, ownership responsibility, and the consequences of neglect. Through the interaction with our horses, participants learn empathy, compassion, cooperation, and trust. But most importantly, how to understand their nature and become one with them and the world we share.

Target demographics:

horses and allow people to find themselves through interactions with our rescued horses!

Geographic areas served:

the Los Angeles area

Programs:

Our ultimate goal is to create an environmentally friendly equine facility that will set a nationwide standard in animal husbandry, including but not limited to holistic nutrition, rehabilitation, equine housing, and green facility management.

Educational programs are provided free to children and the community, which emphasize the importance of proper care, ownership responsibility, and the consequences of neglect. Included are donor supported sponsorship programs which will allow inner city children and under privileged families to assist in the care and rehabilitation of the resident horses. Hopefully, the education provided will assist us in raising pubic awareness on issues concerning proper equine care and irresponsible breeding practices.

Some future employees of Saffyre Sanctuary will be students who are enrolled in various extension programs and are interested in gaining work experience in the agriculture and animal husbandry industry. The experience the students have while participating in this program will assist them in making the transition from school to work and will allow them to develop skills that will be transferable to any farm in the future.

 

We have the vision and the mission in place, but we cannot do this without financial assistance.

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818-842-4368
www.saffyresanctuary.org

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

2 people found this review helpful

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!

 
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I had the privilege of spending almost a week at Saffyre Ranch with Esta Bernstein. She is dedicated, caring, helpful, and has rescued and changed so many horses lives. These horses wouldn't have stood a chance without her. She is always ready and willing to teach and share her knowledge about the horses with such love and enthusiasm, I really didn't want to leave Saffyre Ranch as even though the stories are heartbreaking, being around these horses now and seeing and feeling how great they are doing makes me feel so peaceful inside. It has been shown that just being around these beautiful beings will make a change in the way you feel inside. If I lived closer (I am 6 hours plus away) I would be there volunteering not just for what I can give the horses but what they also give me in their presence. You are very lucky if you are close enough to go visit Esta, Kate and Saffyre Ranch. It really is wonderful. Ask to be shown the hummingbird nest that I found when I was there. If you are able to donate even a little of your time or money do it. I promise you will be enriched as I was. Esta is one person and it really does take a village. The pictures below are of me at Saffyre Ranch with Lindsay, Lakota and Kate Nelligan who works with Esta doing her own beautiful work with humans and horses.

 
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You may be very surprised but, it is true that even 2 years after I adopted my "Starlight N Roses",
Saffyre Sanctuary & it's founder & CEO, Esta G. Bernstein, is "ready 24/7 - via multiple forms to communicate"! If I have any problems, questions , seek input for training methods, or need more information on horse health & First Aid, non-chemical alternatives for medications & applications, help to decipher & confirm required and/or harmful ingredients of both horse feed & supplements! Via a volunteer's daily blog posted on FaceBook,
I have the "inside information" on what transpires & activities at Saffyre Sanctuary, as well as the progress information of the rescued horses at the Sanctuary! I am up-to-date on issues that pertain to horses on state, national & international levels via regular monthly newsletter emailed from Esta. Anyone & everyone who wants a part in the rescue & rehabilitation of horses should choose Saffyre Sanctuary whether via being a hands-on volunteer, provider of needed horse services or, by the much needed financial, feed & gear donations; all this help is for the horses who, without any their faults, need humans who care enough to save their lifes & willing to provide them with loving for-ever-homes and all their needs satisfied on a daily basis!

 
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As a person involved with a private equine sanctuary in Southern California, I am so very grateful to Saffyre Sanctuary for contacting us and aiding us to give lifetime sanctuary to nearly 10 of our beloved and unique horses.

Esta Berstien understands the different needs and abilities of each horse and she goes above and beyond to find the ideal partnership for the horses and those adopting them. She also follows up after a horse has been adopted and that is so important.

We, at Assisi Equine Sanctuary, understand the dedication and sacrifice required when taking in horses who have no other options and we have tremendous respect and admiration for Esta Bernstein's excellent knowledge, sincerity and impeccable ethic's.

Absolutely top notch!

 
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I volunteered at Saffyre Sanctuary and was very impressed by the love and the dedication these woman, men and children volunteers put towards these amazing horses. You feel the love and respect for the horses while you are there. They have high standards for the living conditions of the horses. Keep up the good work!

 
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Saffyre Sanctuary is truly a sanctuary for the equine and human soul. Esta is truly an angel amidst us. She is empathetic, authentic and truly open hearted. She connects with these horses and wants to heal their body and heart and place them in a connected, correct situation. I am honored to help her and humbly call her my friend.

 
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The absolute best rescue for horses. They are treated like kings and queens by Esta and the staff. They also provide help for us humans too. Makes me wish I was one of their horses!!

Merri Mason

 
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I have been involved with horses for over 50 years, and met all kinds of people. People like Esta are in the rare top half percent of the horse world. She is tireless in her efforts to reclaim the lives of her rescues and provide the treatment that they have always deserved. She truly has these animals best interest at heart and is able to communicate with them on a level that is only known by a rare few. I have never met anyone as selfless and dedicated in their efforts in any animal rescue. If we all cared even a fraction as much as her this world would be a much better place for all animals...two legged and four.

 
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Saffyre Sanctuary taught my son with autism to listen to what horses can teach him. Esta Bernstein has been so patient with not only the care if her horses but also knowing the value her horses have to teach us all of what it is like to be truly cared for as one being to another.

 
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Esta Bernstein's integrity as an individual and horsewoman and foundation leader is admirable and authentic. It's what the world needs more of, be it for horses or humanity.

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Saffyre Sanctuary is a safe haven and awe-inspiring rescue ranch founded and led by an incredible horsewoman and caretaker Esta Bernstein. Esta understands that each horse has different needs and gives them the specific care they require and deserve. She goes above and beyond for the horses' emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs. The horses receive excellent nutrition, lots of grooming, great turn-out time and socialization and always look clean, happy, and healthy when I've been there.

 
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