Spirit of Horse Blog

Inspirations and Insights from Kim McElroy.

“Integrity” – A Portrait of Vixen

A beautiful chestnut mare stands boldly in the foreground before a cliff from which descends a waterfall lit by the setting sun. Called Horsetail Falls, this phenomenon happens only two weeks out of the year in Yosemite National Park I have always found the essence of horses to be reflected by the beauty of Nature… She is quiet, clear, intention She can be calm, yet fiery She can be graceful and explosive In her delicacy, she is strong In her complexity, she is honest She connects on her own terms My wish is to be worthy of her ~ Kim McElroy When I was commissioned by Suzanne to paint her horse Vixen – a rescued elder ma ...[Read More]

The Quest for Healing

Nicole asked me to create a Soul essence painting for her horse Okie who worked with her in her equine assisted learning work with people. Since she had rescued him he had struggled with digestive health issues and colic. Her quest to help him heal was a big part of her life with him.  Little did we know that his message would be leading us to Shangri La. I entered into a shamanic journey with Oki ...[Read More]

Dreams and Night Mares

“…the mares galloped across the white mist that lay like fresh snow, up and into the sky. Their hoof prints and their echoing whinnies blazed a pathway to the stars” ~ Dawn Van Zant Sometimes Night Mares can be Beneficial In November 1997 the owner of a Canadian company called Wild Heart Ranch contacted me. Dawn Van Zant asked me if I was interested in doing a project illustratin ...[Read More]

One with the Wind ~ The Spirit of Casanova

  Feel the wind It blows through you and around you It is my spirit embracing you Hear the wind In the chimes that ring out in the breeze It is my spirit reminding you One with the wind I am forever free running through meadows of memories It is my spirit within you ~ Kim McElroy Casanova was a beautiful paint gelding who became an angel too soon. When his owner Alicia contacted me she shared ...[Read More]

More Horses to Heal Part 1 ~ June 2000, Laddie’s Lesson of Love

The journey with rescuing horses began when I met with my thoroughbred mare Darma at Churchill Downs Racetrack in 1995. (see Darma’s Diary series). She led us to find our beautiful SkyeLandeSea Farm in 2000. We moved there with Darma and her goat friend Tess, our aging Finnish Spitz dog Poika, and Casey, the feral kitten we found on the farm. We didn’t foresee having a farm of rescued animals. We ...[Read More]

Mystico Part 9, 2003 – 2007 ~ The Journey Towards Wholeness

Read Part 8 of Mystico’s Story here   That first year the biggest challenge with Mystico was asking him to pick up his rear feet. He would avoid any handling of his legs and and feet no matter how gently I approached him, and he would dance around and try to get away or he would kick if he felt restrained. I despaired how were ever going to be able to trim his hooves. The traditional fa ...[Read More]

Pure Joy ~ The Inspiration of Horses and Healing

“Pure Joy” “I saw a child who couldn’t walk, sit on a horse, laugh and talk… I saw a child who could only crawl, mount a horse and sit up tall. I saw a child born into strife, take up and hold the reins of life. And that same child was heard to say, Thank God for showing me the way.” ~ John Anthony Davis in 1996 Professional’s Choice products commissioned me to create a wor ...[Read More]

Mystico Part 8, December 2002 ~ Truth or Dare

Read Part 7 of Mystico’s story here As Mystico settled in to his new home and his new life with us I began to realize how sensitive he was. When I gave him the freedom to be a horse with other horses for the first time in his life, for awhile he became less interested in humans, including me. Whatever his psyche had gone through in his early life and his long journey to me, it was clear he w ...[Read More]

Mystico Part 7, November 2002 ~ Liberty and Justice

Read Part 6 of Mystico’s story here In 2002 when I brought Mystico to our farm, we had been living there for a little over two years. Our animal family at that time we moved there consisted of my mare Darma (see Darma Stories 1 – 6). , her goat friend Tess, our Finnish Spitz dog Poika, and the feral kitten named Casey that we had rescued from the farm. In the two years since we had continued ...[Read More]


Let the cares of the world slip away As you join me in a revelation of light The storms have passed As peace filters down to bless the land Open your heart to receive this gift As the breath of life flows through you Inhale… Exhale… Remember the art of Being This horse expresses the joy as simply being. Horses are so graceful. Their powerful legs carry them great distances at amazing speed, yet th ...[Read More]