About Us

In 2002, Institute of the Southwest, a 501(c)3 public charity and California educational corporation, branched out into the world of horse rescue.  Under the project title, Spirit of Equus Rescue, the organization focused on providing a sanctuary or sacred place for horses in crisis, assisting in the re-homing of horses in the field, creating a herd-based approach to the holistic healing of horses entering the sanctuary, and continuing our emphasis on education by providing workshops, courses and publications for the benefit of the public.

In 2012 we formally added energetic readings and healings  as well as inter-species communication to our modalities and opened our holistic healing center. As we were able to work remotely, we limited our on-site healing unit but provided these services widely to horses, cats, dogs and humans.

Meet Our Sanctuary Horses

We currently have five horses in our Sanctuary. 

Kaptivate is a 17HH chestnut Trakehner/Paint gelding.  JJ is a retired classic dun quarter horse gelding. Sierra Rose is a 16HH red roan draft cross mare. Star Light is a 16HH red dun Appaloosa/QH mare.  Callie is a 16HH light chestnut Belgian/Percheron Warmblood cross mare.

Board of Directors/Advisors

Janet Meyer, Ph.D, EBW  President and On-Site Director

Carol Thomas-Keefer  Vice President

Wendy Schmerse  Treasurer

Candace Hawkes  Advisor~HTA Practitioner/Animal Intuitive

Tess Clark, DVM  Veterinarian


Guided Wellness Readings are available for all equines through our energy practitioner, Janet Meyer, director of the rescue/sanctuary.  As a professional equine energy practitioner, she maintains a separate website at EquineGuidedWellness.com. If you are interested in more information about her full body energy scans, toxin screenings, infection screenings, food compatibility scans or an equine communication session, please click on the link to the left, and it will take you to her professional website where you can book a reading and all your questions will be answered.  

Equine Communication Sessions can be general or focused on 1) the horse's past (Especially helpful for rescued horses when the history is unknown), 2) the Soul Path (the incarnational plan of the horse's soul, where he is meant to be and what work he is on earth to accomplish) or 3) End of Life (which entails a series of communication sessions as the horse prepares to transition). 

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