I had heard of lifesavers from a friend and donated to their cause. I then had the opportunity to attend a women’s veteran retreat at the sanctuary, and was absolutely blown away by the wild mustangs! The staff and volunteers were nothing short amazing and genuinely invested in the cause. I can’t say enough good things
Amazing work with veterans and horses. Truly a win - win approach for both. Special kudos for programs specifically for female veterans.
Lifesavers is an organization that I can wholeheartedly say I believe in, trust and love!
Jill Starr, their driving force, founder and mastermind, is one of my most inspiring heroines, and has been the saviour of so many lost horses.
Jill with her team are responsible for a long list of phenomenal rescues in their 21 year history.
I must admit that I am a little biased since four of my 10 horse herd came direct from Lifesavers, and each one has become a unique and totally beloved family member at our California central coast ranch !!!
Plus, for a while now, the highlight of my year has been journeying out to Wild Horse Canyon in magical Sand Canyon, Ca to collaborate with the incredible team of trainers, coaches and retreat chefs to host the annual Women’s Wild Horse Empowerment Journey at Lifesavers over Labor Day weekend.
I love starting out days with grounding and centering yoga and meditation, set outside under the blue blue sky, steeped in the fragrance of juniper trees, and surrounded by the sounds of nature, before we eat a hearty breakfast and head down the canyon to get to know and work with the wild ones.
This year’s retreat is probably already fully booked, but don’t let that stop you from putting your name down on the waiting list, and also marking out Labor Day weekend next year for a life shifting experience facilitated by the beautiful wild mustangs of Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue !
Lifesavers opened up my eyes to the world of wild horses and I am forever grateful to their incredible team. I fell head over boots in love with a nine month old filly when I was only 11 years old and their wonderful team of trainers helped the two of us become a successful pair (despite the unpopular outside opinions regarding young people and Mustangs). I cannot thank Lifesavers enough for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to find my heart horse and to deepen my passion for wild horses. Over 13 years later, there is still no greater place I recommend for a truly life changing experience.
I am a board member, however I have participated in the Women's Empowerment Journeys each year. To miss it would break my heart! I have watched the participants leave completely changed after a few days with the horses and the Lifesavers team. It is an experience unmatched by anything I have ever had in my life outside of my daughter's birth! LOL. The time that the weekend allows you to spend in nature, with the majestic, wild creatures,reflecting and focusing on healing growth should be mandatory :) I can't recommend it enough. It's funny to watch the ladies arrive to the rough and wild surroundings a little intimidated and then not want to leave when the time is up and go back to reality! The horses evolve, too, as the program allows for their gentling . Trust is exchanged between human and horse. It is a beautiful win-win situation.
The people at Lifesavers Wildhorse Rescue are amazing! The ranch is in a beautiful canyon and the surrounding Hills are full of wildflowers and wildhorses. The horse trainers take you into the pen where you get to learn so much about yourself. It's really mind blowing and such a gentle way to learn about yourself. Meanwhile you are gentling horses so they can become adoptable. A win/win for all. I would encourage anyone to take this opportunity.
I wanted to give a shout out to Lifesavers! I'm a disabled veteran due to PTSD/MST and struggle with anxiety but, having the opportunity to work with the wild horses gave me the chance to go head on at my symptoms. I learned that the horses based their mood on my ability to calm myself and progress in gaining their trust! It felt awesome to be able to be the leader that I am...thank you to Cheyanne, John and Karen for giving me such an amazing experience!
I'd been looking for just the right mustang for my newest book project:
"Into the Essence of Love" - through the path of the wild horse.
Since the book is about trust, vulnerability, overcoming fear, accessing intuition to ultimately find deep, abiding love, I needed a very shy mustang that I could build an intimate relationship with.
Jill and her staff were of amazing support in all of this search. They went out of their way to help me find the perfect horse. We've since then started our bonding and yes, they have helped me to the perfect horse. See for yourself at www.WildHorseWisdom.com
Please support Lifesavers in any way you can. They save horses and people!
Lifesavers is an outstanding nonprofit organization. I am a professional grant writer and have in-depth experience with nonprofits for over 20 years, including for organizations serving animals and people with disabilities. Lifesavers is doing an amazing job protecting the mustangs (and also with their other programs). I'm happy to recommend them.
I have been involved with Lifesavers since 2000, as a client served, a donor, and for the last year, a board member. I can't say enough about this organization. In addition to having over 500 horses in its care, Lifesavers is now helping Wounded Warriors to heal through close interaction with the wild horses in weekend workshops. I can attest to the healing that takes place when a human is able to touch the heart and mind of a wild horse and be touched back, as I attended one of these workshops and was helped immeasurably by the horses. Organizations grow and thrive by being visionary, and continually striving to serve. This is not an easy thing to do, but Lifesavers continues to serve both horses and humans.
I have been a donor to Lifesavers since 2000 - in 2006, I was thrown from my horse and had all sorts of injuries, not the least of which was psychological trauma. In 2007, I came to Lifesaver's Wild Horse Boot Camp because I felt I needed to upgrade my ground skills before I could ever think about riding again. Working with the wild horses and being able to approach them without eliciting a fear response was a really healing experience for me. In addition, I fell in love with a mare who had also been injured, and was able to spend time with her grooming her and talking to her. She was an awesome "therapist." I am committed to this fight against the special interests who are driving wild horses to extinction - I am now serving on the board, and am able to be more active as I approach retirement. There are lots of horse rescues out there - Lifesavers is really special. Currently I have three horses and ride dressage, and I do not think I would have ever been able to come back to riding without Lifesavers.
I have been on the board for over a year. I previously was a donor and volunteered my time to provide on-site operational assistance. I have been constantly overwhelmed by dedication of Lifesavers. They are not only saving horses...they are healing damaged people through their therapy programs.
I simply cannot put into words what an honor it is to be associated with Lifesavers.
I have supported Lifesavers INC with small donations for a year. I like the work that Jill is doing in keeping wild horses from slaughter and in providing a safe and cared for life for them at her facility. I appreciate the gentling techniques Lifesavers uses with the horses that come there and her passion at advocating for preserving the lives of wild horses I think this non profit sets a good example of an organization that is committed to being good stewards of the land. All the best Lifesavers INC in all you do you have my vote.
I have been a supporter of Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue for over a decade, and a board member for over a year. The work Lifesavers has done for Wild Horses is amazing. Lifesavers has expanded and grown as the needs in the equine industry have changed. In addition to the trailblazing work done on behalf of Wild Horses, Lifesavers supports abandoned horses, whose numbers have increased due in large part to the economy. We have taken in many horses abandoned because there owners simply could not support them. We rehabilitate these horses and help them find new homes. Our most important work now are the healing programs geared to helping our returning Vets. The horses and Vets help each other heal and it is an amazing transition to be part of. I am proud of my association with Lifesavers, with the humans that are so passionate and committed to the causes, to the causes we support, and to the horse.
This is an amazing charity. They do such great work. When an abused horse walks through the gates, they will leave behind past bad treatment and they are now protected by Lifesavers. I have a mare from there and she is amazing! While volunteering I learned so much about mustangs. They are such beautiful creatures! Thank you Lifesavers for all of the horses that you have saved! I only wish I could win the Lotto so I could donate more to save more mustangs...
There are many horses who are alive and thriving thanks to Lifesavers. Thanks to the amazing Jill Starr, Lifesavers incorporates veterans into its programs and helps them to heal. I personally experienced several days at the Wild Horse Sanctuary and it was a tremendously gratifying experience. I will continue to support this outstanding organization.
I have been a donor to this group for many years. I love the work they do, but others do a similar thing. They are great about keeping us informed of what's going on so I always feel like I matter. If they run in to trouble they contact us. Sometimes they call on the phone. I always try to help when they need some hay or water (like now) because I feel a special connection to them.
I first ran into Lifesavers years ago when I lived in California. I worked for another non profit and utilized Lifesavers heavily. I then moved to New Mexico and worked with a few of the Tribal Nations there and we still heavily used Lifesavers. I am now Currently working in Colorado and plan on taking some folks down there! That is how much Lifesavers means to me and the people that are a part of it, absolutely amazing, worthwhile, beneficial and honoring!