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Spirit's Whisper Ranch herd members 
are each unique, yet weave beautifully together as a family,
as they support people on their healing journeys back to their authentic self.

Kristi and founding horse Spirit - Spirit's Whisper Ranch

When I met Spirit,
he WHISPERed to my heart &      invited me to
alongside  him.

Our Founding Horse

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Our Herd Today

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horse 'Spirit' at Spirit's Whisper Ranch

Spirit ~ Our Founder

Born in 2005, SPIRIT was sent to auction in North Dakota at the age of 6 months. His lineage is a pedigree line of championship cutting horses, some recognized in Halls-Of-Fame, and one whose special story is known and celebrated in song and video, as she heroically survived life

against all odds. (Poco Lena & Doc Bar are his paternal

great-grandmare & sire: ).

Spirit moved to his new home in Colorado, where he was being forcefully broken too early as a cutting horse. He suffered physical injuries.

He was 3 when this spirited Quarter Horse came home to start our herd at SWR. Spirit is the connection thread unifying our herd family, the social director and comic relief, and a skilled peace-keeper. Spirit enjoys reminding people to laugh, to play like a child sometimes, and don't take yourself too seriously.

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horse 'Nial' at Spirit's Whisper Ranch


NIAL exudes quiet wisdom. Born in 2006, in Indiana, this Clydsdale is as gentle as he is big and a friend to all. ‘Laird NIAL of Y Knaught’ was rescued from starvation and neglect to a rescue. From there he called me to him. Nial came home to Spirit's Whisper Ranch at the age of 4. He has the hugest heart that he wears on his sleeve. He is a curious character and loves figuring out puzzles, such as how to open the house door to let himself in for a visit, or how to sneak into the stored hay in the middle of the night. His dinner-plate-sized feet make the ground thunder, yet his messages are ever-so-gently whispered on the heart.

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Elegant Lady

Elegant Lady - affectionately known as EL -  is a Canadian Draft Horse, and our current herd leader. Originally from northern Ontario,

she galloped home to SWR in 2013.  EL embodies her breed's trait of being 'the little iron horse' - or NOT so little in her case.

She is as tough as nails when she needs to be, but her huge compassionate heart is definitely one of her superpowers.                   EL loves to ignite the lead mare energy within women, and to model authentic leadership skills and boundaries for all.

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Bali is our newest herd family addition. She was born to Gracie in October 2022.

Bali suddenly and unexpectedly lost her mum at only 3months of age, but she definitely inherited Gracie's force of nature determination and 'saucypantsness'.

We all look forward to Bali growing into her magnificent self, surrounded and guided with the love of her Aunt and Uncles.

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Hercules ~ HERC ~  embodies the role of the grounded elder.

Herc is a Spotted Draft horse and lead male of the herd.  He came home to  SWR in 2018 and immediately thrived in his new-found purpose within the herd. 

Herc’s quiet strength and fortitude

make him a natural to help people process grief and trauma.


But look out if you have a piece of liquorice hidden in your pocket. 

Herc will demonstrate the power of his mythical name and shift the earth’s axis to ensure the spoils are his.

horse 'Hercules' at Spirit's Whisper Ranch
horse 'Blu' at Spirit's Whisper Ranch


BLU, was born in 2017, in Nova Scotia. He is the younger half brother to Gracie, where the family resemblance is undeniable.

He came home to Spirit's Whisper Ranch in 2019.

This cheeky Clydesdale lad is full of spunk

- a boundary pusher - and 100% love.

His fun and comedic nature shows his youth.


He reminds everyone, horse and human alike,

to remember to connect to their inner child

and just be a kid and play.

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dog 'Gunner' at Spirit's Whisper Ranch


Starting life as a street dog in Belize,

Gunner was rescued to Canada

and found his way to SWR at the age of 1.

Gunner is now a 

Service Dog

and Therapy Dog.

As part of the on-duty welcoming team, he is often people’s first greeter at SWR.



Born in Saskatchewan in 2020,

Jax brings

loads of puppy energy and love to our herd family.

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Marvin, is our friendly senior

barn manager.

cat 'Marvin' at Spirit's Whisper Ranch


Boots, is our junior

barn manager,

who is always on patrol.

Our Herd Ancestors 
~Forever In Our Hearts~





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Hope Cat









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Moose & Miss Clucks









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