Founder Sharon Regan’s holistic approach to horse care is what makes Sea Star Horse Sanctuary so special. Over the past two decades, she has created a wellness program that considers the whole horse; heart, mind, body and spirit. Cultivating inner and outer harmony within our horses begins with pristine pastures, spacious stables and a deeply enriching natural environment in which our horses freely roam. This ideal of horse wholeness is further realized through a balanced offering of holistic therapies and connection-based ground work.

Sarkik Kulakli practices Applied Zoopharmacognosy.

 Applied Zoopharmacognosy

Zoopharmacognosy is the study of medicinal compounds foraged by animals to heal themselves in the wild. Applied Zoopharmacognosy, founded by Caroline Ingraham, brings these healing components to domesticated and captive animals, who are cut off from their natural habitats. Remedies are offered in the form of top-quality, organic, secondary metabolites (e.g. essential oils and absolutes, clays, seaweed, plant extracts, dried herbs and flowers, roots, bark, algae, minerals and infused oils). Remedies are never forced, the key is Self-selection. Evolutionary history gives animals an innate ability to know what they need and exactly how much is required for their health and well-being.
Horses process healing constituents by inhaling them in several different ways: Smelling delivers trace amounts of aromatic molecules to the blood stream. Sniffing with nostrils flaring takes aromatic molecules to the blood via the lungs. Jacobson’s organ (the vomeronasal organ) opens a shortcut to the limbic system, causing horses to display a toothy grin when they use it. When needed, horses will also lick or chew constituents, or indicate that they want them applied topically. When they have taken what they need, they lose all interest in the remedy and walk away. They show you when the session is finished. (Animal Self-Medication:  How Animals Heal Themselves Using Essential Oils, Herbs & Minerals)

Healing Touch

Healing Touch is an alternative healing modality which uses heart-centered intention to balance, clear and energize the biofield through light touch, utilizing specifically sequenced techniques. A session is based on a multi-step process which includes an intake, pre- and post- assessments, intervention and evaluation of the results. The results can be physical (such as a reduction in discomfort), emotional, mental, and even spiritual by achieving a sense of peace. Both people and animals can benefit from receiving Healing Touch. Its holistic approach can complement other modalities which address primarily physical symptoms. It is particularly helpful to receive healing touch in the aftermath of trauma, pre- and post- surgery, and during major life transitions.

Kathy Muller gives Jane a deep tissue massage.

Equine Massage



Equine Massage Therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body which includes muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.

It follows similar principles to human sports massage because, like people, animals can suffer from muscular pain and discomfort which can inhibit the way they move causing them to use their body incorrectly to compensate which can create hidden problems.

There are many styles of Equine massage and bodywork. Some methods employ more subtle techniques outwardly that have deep effects inwardly on the Equine body and mind.


BioEnergetic Equine BodyWork


BioEnergetic Equine BodyWork incorporates the physical modalities of miofascial and stress point release with the energetic modalities of photonic therapy, Reiki, Integrative Manual Therapy and Spirit Point Work based on traditional acupuncture points, chakras and energy centres of the horse. Together, these physical and energetic modalities blend to form a powerfully holistic system to help prevent injuries, speed healing and facilitate soundness of the equine body, mind and spirit.

Thea Montella works on Kiva.

Thea Montella offers her unique form of equine bodywork to Kiva.

Medical Qi Gong

Chinese Energetic Medicine, or Medical Qi Gong, is a complete system of healing that recognizes the root causes of disease and treats the patient as a whole; body, mind, and spirit.

Chinese Energetic Medicine works directly with the life force underlying the physical world. This vital substance was called “Qi” by the ancient Chinese masters of energetic healing.  Qi is the energy of the universe that is channeled through nature and which surrounds and pervades all living beings. Qi is stored within the body in the form of energetic pools, creating the energetic matrix of the internal organs.  From these internal pools, the body’s life force energy flows in the form of rivers or streams.

A Qi session consists of first sensing and then directly influencing the Qi of another being in order to bring about a state of health and vitality. The treatment begins with recognizing Qi imbalances and blockages and intuitively observing the deeper physical, emotional, and spiritual fields of the being. Next, the Qi imbalance is corrected through the appropriate technique necessary for regulating the Qi. A purging technique is used to cleanse and purify the body’s energetic fields and to remove pathogenic, toxic, or stagnant qi. A tonifying technique is used to emit healthy Qi into deficient areas and recharge the body.  Finally, a regulation technique is used to balance the Qi in order to promote a healthy flow of life force in the body thus cultivating health, vitality, and happiness.

Jackie Pelosi

Takoda receives a “Qi session” from Jackie Pelosi-Harris

Ground Work

Our horses grow confident, soft, and willing through a unique style of groundwork which emphasizes mutual understanding and true connection between horse and human. Through his compassionate leadership, Ray Berta, Master Horseman and communicator, guides our horses and volunteers into harmonious relationship. The result of this work is horses that are light on their feet and light in their hearts.

Sharon Regan began her decades long study of natural horsemanship with Ray Berta in 1998 and continues to this day. She imparts this method of natural training with all the horses in our care. This ground work is paramount in assisting the horses to change unhealthy behaviors, to release tension in their bodies and to free up their minds. Through various exercises based on timing, feel, and consistency; Sharon offers the horses an opportunity to become calmer, happier, and more willing partners.

Sharon and Starberry working together in the round pen