Personal Journeys

A Tour of Kim McElroy’s Spirit of Horse Gallery

To visit Spirit of Horse Gallery at SkyeLandeSea Farm is to immerse yourself in artful magic. It is a result not only of planning but also of minds open to serendipitous revelations. ~ Sallie Wagner Brown Read Sallie’s article for WestSound Blog about my studio Visit SkyeLandeSea Farm Welcome to a virtual tour of my Spirit of Horse Gallery in our beautiful new home. Most of these special ite ...[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]

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]

Mystico Part 6, November 2002 ~ Homeward Bound

Read Part 5 of Mystico’s story here When I realized that the horse transport company I had hired said there were going to be additional delays I knew I had to make other arrangements. As I remember I had given them a deposit, which I would lose if I changed my plans, but I couldn’t stand the thought of one more week for Mystico and I waiting in this interminable misery I began calling horse haulin ...[Read More]

Mystico Part 5, November 2002 ~ Into the Fire

Read Part 4 of Mystico’s story here After Cora left the house I had a chance to recover for an hour or so until the trainer Alex was due to arrive. Mystico was relaxed and as before, seemed like a different horse from the anxious pacing horse I had seen the night before. It was a beautiful sunny fall day, and I mused on the strange pattern of events that had gotten us to this junction. One would t ...[Read More]

Mystico Part 4, October 2002 ~ Out of the Frying Pan…

Read Part 3 of Mystico’s story here After Cora had told me of the incident when Mystico had attacked her I began to have misgivings about him staying at her home. I had thought when I decided to trailer him from the show and I needed a boarding situation for him that Mystico would be better off in a home environment than in an anonymous horse stable handled by strangers. But I hadn’t been ab ...[Read More]

Mystico Part 3, October 2002 ~ Quicksand

Read Part 2 of Mystico’s Story here I saw Mystico off to my friend Cora’s home in Tennessee, and I flew home to Washington State. I called and checked in with Cora every couple of days and she said he was settling in just fine, he was being a good horse, and all was well at her barn with her other horses. All seemed to be going fine, except that the horse hauling company I had hired now said it wa ...[Read More]