Love at The Gentle Barn

 Valentine’s Day is for lovers, friends, couples, and family. It’s a time to show appreciation for the ones we love, and spend time on romance. And it’s no different in our barnyard! Many people don’t know this, but animals fall in love like we do, date and mate for...

New Year Resolutions

At The Gentle Barn we don’t look back, we lean forward. When we rescue animals from severe abuse and neglect, we don’t dwell in their stories or their pain, but pull them forward bit by bit to the love, respect, and wonderful life we have waiting for them. When we...

End of the Year Giving at the Gentle Barn

 The Gentle Barn rescues severely abused and neglected animals, rehabilitates them, and then unites them with children with the same stories. Both kids and animals get to find restored hope, joy, and unconditional love in the barnyard. The miracles that we get to...

An Angel in Santa Clarita

 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,...

Private Tours at The Gentle Barn

 The Gentle Barn is open to the public each Sunday from 10am-2pm but for some alone time with our animals you can book a Private Tour and have the place all to yourself! Recently we had a couple visit us from Pennsylvania for a Private Tour for the wife’s birthday!...

Come Meet Whisper At the Gentle Barn

 Whisper turned 21 this month!  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 up cows.  Whisper had never...

The Peace Enhancement Program At The Gentle Barn

 As our Peace Enhancement Program’s 2016/2017 season comes to a close I am reflecting on the kids who have come and gone this year and those who have stuck through the entire program. The younger kids from South Central Los Angeles who come with the LAPD visit us all...

A Piggy Party

 I’m imagining you have been to your fair share of birthday parties, especially if you have kids.  You might have even been invited to a dog or cat’s birthday party.  But have you ever been to a pig’s birthday party?  Our pigs, Zeus and Bodhi, will be turning...

Valentine’s Day in The Barnyard

 Animals have mates, relationships and friendships just like we do! They marry for life, or go on dates. They have arguments and resolutions too. At the Gentle Barn we have animals of the same species and of different kinds who spend time together and prefer to be...

Children are Our Teachers

When my daughter, Cheyanne, was two- years-old she asked me to take her to learn to dance.  So, we drove down the street to the local ballet studio and tried to sign her up, but we were told that the kids had to be three-years-old to start.  I promised Cheyanne that...

Gifts of Love

 The Gentle Barn hosts children from South Central Los Angeles who literally have nothing.  They are often from broken homes, don’t have clothes that fit them, don’t have warm clothes in the winter, and definitely don’t have the luxuries that we often take for...

A Gentle Thanksgiving

 Did you get your tickets for our gentle Thanksgiving? Each year we have people come from all over the world to cuddle our turkeys and feed them pie.  Then, we serve a delicious, gourmet, plant-based feast.  After dinner, you will participate in a Native American drum...

Creating Peace at The Gentle Barn

 Our year has just started for at-risk, inner city, and special needs children to come to The Gentle Barn and groom the horses, hold the chickens, cuddle the turkeys, take nature walks, work in the garden, make wishes at the wishing well, and cultivate self-awareness...

A Gentle Thanksgiving

 I know that summer is just ending, school is starting, and the holidays seem far, far away, but actually time moves so fast, the holidays are just around the corner. Before you start making plans, we want to make sure you know about The Gentle Barn Thanksgiving! We...

Gentle Barn in Massachusetts!

 We are about to start the third Gentle Barn in Massachusetts!  There are 116 animals and 100 acres there that need help.  We are going to renovate the barns, enlarge the pastures, socialize the animals, build a pond for the ducks and geese, rehabilitate the...

One Heart Beat

 Last month we hosted our very last groups of children for the year. Our violence prevention program runs from September through June and hosts kids in foster care, on probation, from the inner city, and who are overcoming drug and alcohol addiction. Through the...

Whisper Turns 20

 It is Whisper’s birthday this month and we are so proud that she is turning 20. There were many days that we feared she would never make it.  Rescued from severe abuse, Whisper had given up hope that life could be anything other than painful.  Her body was destroyed...

Peggy Sue, We Love You!

 This month we brought home a new family member.  Her name is Peggy Sue and we love her already.  Peggy Sue was born with a birth defect and her family brought her to their veterinarian, who just so happens to be our vet as well.   Dr. Molnar saw how adorable she was...

Love Reunited

 We rescued a dairy cow in Tennessee this week. She was impregnated each year, had her babies taken away every year, and the breast milk taken for humans. Thankfully she belonged to a family who wanted to see her retire after her years of service instead of being sent...

Finding Grace

 Before we rescued her, Grace was crippled by a large bull and could not walk. She had a broken pelvis and could only drag herself by her elbows.  After months of trying to get her to stand, the agricultural school was going to send her to auction when we intervened...

Homage to My Greatest Teacher

 This month marks the 3rd anniversary of Buddha’s transition, but it feels like yesterday.  Buddha was my partner, my teacher, my confidante, and my friend, and when she left it was by far the most painful thing that has ever happened to me.  I know she is still with...

Gifts of love

 The Gentle Barn hosts children from South Central Los Angeles who literally have nothing.  They are often from broken homes, don’t have clothes that fit them, don’t have warm clothes in the winter, and definitely don’t have the luxuries that we often take for...

A Gentle Thanksgiving

 At The Gentle Barn, our thanksgiving tradition is a bit different: instead of eating turkeys, we cuddle with them and feed them pie. Male turkeys are great big show-offs and they puff up all their feathers, march around, and try to gain our attention and admiration. ...

Loving Animals and Living with Wildfires

Unfortunately, living in Santa Clarita means living with wildfires.  It is so scary when we have a wildfire and there is so much to think about; what to bring, where to go, are you safe?  It is not only scary for people, it is scary for animals too.   Our animals...