Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary
Jim and Melanie Bowles, the founders of Proud Spirit Horse Sanctuary, are deeply committed to the horses in their care. The new facility in Arkansas is the culmination of years of hard work, and all the dreams and visions that we had for this sanctuary finally coming together, says Melanie. One of those visions was to provide as natural an environment for the horses as possible. Domestication has created so many problems founder, colic, vices problems that you never see in the wild. It was essential to Jim and to me that we place just as much emphasis on the horses emotional well-being as we do their physical needs.
The horses at Proud Spirit are never stalled. They function as a herd with no cross fencing, safe in the companionship of other horses something they so desperately need. They have room to move about, and to graze and roam which they need to thrive.
One of the very few true sanctuaries in the United States, the Bowles do not adopt out any of the horses who find their way to Proud Spirit, having given enough, as Melanie would say.