Flag Ranch, home of the Flag Foundation, a horse & human sanctuary. Flag Ranch offers a safe place to pause in open spaciousness. Where human time dissolves into the natural rhythms of the animals and the earth.
Are you called to a deeper life? Do you sense possibility beyond what you can see? Does the natural world speak to you? Do you yearn to still time and reset your compass?
Flag Ranch offers a safe place to pause in open spaciousness. Where human time dissolves into the natural rhythms of the animals and the earth. A place where your creativity and self-expression are inspired, and your union with the land, the animals, and soon yourself, are restored. And where you are watched over and accompanied by our magnificent herd of horses that wander freely across the range, and you are held gently inside the deep wisdom of our 33-year old elder, Flag.
"I found God among the horses. They showed me a spiritual dimension does indeed exist every time I set foot in their midst.“ – Michelle Taylor Shutzer, in memoriam
Come spend some time with us to renew, create and explore among our very special horses who have each lived their own unique story of transformation.
Catalyzed by the deep and ancient mutuality between horses and people, Flag Ranch was created by two retired racehorses – Kimberly Carlisle, a Stanford swimming Olympian, and Flag, a Northern California-bred Standardbred harness racer.
Flag came into Kimberly’s life 20 years ago at a tender and transitional time for her. Getting to know Flag helped Kimberly realize a dream that was surfacing: to create a sanctuary for retired racehorses. A place where they would be returned to their true horse nature and live out their lives naturally and with good care. Flag became a metaphor for Kimberly to honor her self, and her dreams. He was literally a Flag of freedom, a stake in the ground, a symbol for a vision that had not yet materialized but which she could no longer ignore.
Previously long-time residents of western Sonoma County, we are ecstatic to be fully realizing our vision now at our new forever home in the gorgeous rolling grasslands of Calaveras County, just two hours east of San Francisco.