30 Years of Magic & Miracles at Carpe Diem Farms
With all the joyous abandon of a horse galloping across a pasture just for the fun of it, Carpe Diem Farms celebrates 30 years of a unique bond between wonderful equines and the people who love them.
It was August 15, 1997, that we closed on the property which would become Carpe Diem Farms.
Five years earlier, January 27, 1991 we received our 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS. It’s almost unbelievable to think that 30 years ago an idea, a vision, to empower individuals through life changes to see the opportunities and possibilities that abound and to create a place where we would explore the human potential through equines, had manifested.
Looking back, it never occurred to me that we would be one among the very first programs and retreat centers in the country providing equine experiential education to children and adults.
I had merely, through my own life circumstances and changes, decided to share what I had learned about the healing magic of horses from the age of three.
More than 4,000 have been to the farm, participated in a wide array of programs and have experienced the magic and miracle of the horse. Without saying a spoken word, they heal our spirits and bring peace to our souls. It’s hard to articulate all that I have witnessed and continue to see. Wounded and otherwise broken, or just confused or sad individuals have their spirits restored in the company of the horses.
What we do and how we conduct our activities and programs has morphed over the years.
More and more adults seem to show up.
Some want to remember their own youth and experiences with horses while others choose to overcome their fears suffered in their youth. It matters not what they are looking for, the right horse of the eight who remain in the herd choose them.
You can watch the transformation.
Many of our activities now include caring for the aging herd. Ranging in age from 12-33. I’ve been blessed over the years to have studied with many of the foremost veterinarians and equine practitioners. We are able to help many of the horses’ issues with PEMP (Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Therapy), thermography, and state-of-the-art x-ray equipment. Having personal connections with experts in all fields, nutrition, body work, podiatry, lameness and more gives us an opportunity to provide the very best we can in our little mountain town. We give back to the herd while they do their work enhancing lives.
We welcome visitors and always encourage volunteers.