Inspiring Kindness and Compassion towards Animals, Our Planet, and Each Other
Inspiring Kindness and Compassion towards Animals, Our Planet, and Each Other

Little Details

This week we brought another one of our horses to the hospital. Caesar is now thirty-two years old. He has overcome past abuse, has opened up and come out of his shell, has become the…

Warrior

Our miniature horse Bonsai has been in and out of the hospital now for about three months. Initially, he had a very painful impaction and over time caused an infection in his intestines. This took a very long time to heal. Horses have bacteria in their gut, including salmonella, which is dormant when they’re healthy and strong, but when they have an elongated illness that bacteria can take over. Bonsai was diagnosed with salmonella last week, which has caused a lack of appetite, severe diarrhea, and extreme weight loss. There is no way to directly treat the salmonella, however with supportive care, like Sun Chlorella, acupuncture, massage therapy, energy work, fluids, tube feeding, probiotics, daily visits and love, and great vet care, Bonsai is finally getting better, slowly.

There was a time where Bonsai had lost so much weight, was so uncomfortable, and was feeling so weak, that I was wondering if he had had enough and wanted to transition...

Hay to The Rescue

Exactly seven years ago, in April 2012 we took in over sixty animals from a cruelty case. There were goats, sheep, cows, and a horse. They were all very sick, with extremely high fevers, parasites, and wounds. They were all terrified of humans. We had a lot of work to do to save them! Before coming to us, they were kept with no shelter, adequate…

Falling in Love

Our phones ring constantly with pleas for help for animals. Some are from people who can no longer care for their pets, some are from the authorities who pull animals from cruelty cases,…

It Starts With Hay

Andrew was used as a stud horse for twenty-five years. He stayed in a twelve by twelve stall alone, unless he was mating with a female. When he was used to stud, he was handled…

Love Is A Verb

Many think of love as something that we feel, something that can break our hearts or heal it, and something that just comes over us without our control. That’s all true, but I…

Bidding Farewell to a Gentleman

Patrick - Bidding Farewell to a Gentleman

This week in California we bid farewell to our gentleman Patrick. He was 37 years old, which in human terms was equivalent to 105. None the less, it was hard to see him go. We only had him for six years but having…

My little Pony

My Little Pony - Rascalina

We don’t usually take in people’s retired horses and that’s what we told her family when they called. But they kept saying that she danced and it intrigued us enough to come out and see her. The first thing that struck me when I met Rascalina was her eyes: soft,…

Whisper Sweet Nothings

Whisper turned twenty-one this week! She has one of the most horrific stories of abuse and one of the most powerful stories of recovery in Gentle Barn history. She was originally a trail horse, but was given to a rancher who used her to round…

In the Barnyard: April 27, 2017

Spring brings color, beauty, and song, but it also brings a lot of work for us. There are so many things we must take care of for our rescued animals, such as haircuts for the sheep and llamas, hoof trims for cows, goats and sheep, and tusk trims for our pigs.

This week we started on dentals for…

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Upcoming Events

  • Chakra Meditation and Sound Healing (Winter 2024)

    March 2nd 2024 - The Gentle Barn California

    Clear, Balance and Align your 7 main Chakras through guided meditation, chanting, and Integrative sound bath. When your chakras are aligned, the energy moves through you more freely, and you can feel in harmony with all aspects of your physical, emotional and spiritual self.

  • Thermal Horizon - Windsong Retreat (Spring 2024)

    May 4th 2024 - The Gentle Barn California

    Let’s come together as a community as we support The Gentle Barn in their endeavor to enrich the lives of abused animals worldwide. Let’s bring our loving hearts, the spirit of opportunity and fill our cups emotionally, spiritually, and physically as we celebrate unity in community by helping these wonderful support animals.

  • Open Sunday in Missouri

    We are excited to be open to the public again on Sunday, at The Gentle Barn: Missouri.

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Spotlight Sponsor of the Month

At Katjes we believe that every life is precious and these values extend beyond our plant-based gummies. As part of our campaign featuring rescued animals, we’re honored to join hands with The Gentle Barn, to support their non-stop efforts in protecting animals. By drawing attention to their heart-warming stories, we hope to provide food for thought when we say: Kindness just tastes better.

Eliza Jahn

Head of Marketing Katjes USA