Dharmahorse, 6874 Coyote Road, Las Cruces, NM 88012, US

Journey into Herbal Horse Health through Plant Therapy & Compassionate Care



The  other evening I went out to feed and saw that my gelding couldn't even  support himself on his right front leg. It actually dangled as if there  were no feeling in it at all. I examined him and saw a faint hoofprint  on his shoulder and realized he had been kicked by one of the other  horses.

I called Katharine and she made an oil with  nettles and comfrey and I started applying it to his shoulder that  night. The next morning I was surprised to see him using the right  front, although favoring it. I did the warmed oil on his shoulder twice a  day until it was gone, about 3 days. Within two days he was trotting  and by three he cantered.

She also recommended an  off the shelf product to me when my miniature horse had a large lump on  his shoulder that he had rubbed into an open wound. Twice a day  application and within 2 to 3 weeks the wound had healed and the lump  had almost disappeared. I personally think she is the all around most  knowledgeable horse person in the area.

Jerry Crenshaw, 10/10/2016

Grateful for what you have taught my little girl, 01/28/2016
I  want to just send you a note and tell you how much I appreciate what  you have taught my daughter in a very short period of time.  This may  take a minute to explain but I hope you will read it and know how  grateful I am! 
This summer we had riding lessons with you that  profoundly impacted my little girl.  We were only with you for a short  period of time so I hope you remember us. 

We returned  back to Germany and I attempted to find riding lessons for Malie to  continue what she was learning with you.  We have attempted to go to  find a stable in the area.  We have located a couple and visited.  We  chose one based on what we could gather.  We arrived and the owners  would not allow Malie to touch the horse to get to know him before  mounting the horse.  The experience we will just say was not positive -  in any way.  A lot of yelling and hurting the riders and the horses. It  ended with them leaving Malie on the horse in the arena by herself  without a mounting block.  She was in there for a good 10 minutes before  she attempted to get off the horse - the way that you taught her to get  on and off Grits.  She ended up falling off of the horse (a very large  horse) on her way down (I couldn’t get to her - I was blocked from the  arena).  She got up stroked the horse and calmed it and her.  Needless  to say the loving care Malie was showing toward the horse was not  supported by the owner.  She cleaned the hoofs and walked the horse back  to it’s stall waiting still for help to get the equipment off of him.   Finally about 30 minutes later someone came and asked why she hasn’t  finished yet.  They showed her how to take the saddle and equipment off  of the horse and put him in the stall.  She wanted to rub him down and  they wouldn’t let her just told her to go and he would be fine.  

We  were on out way to the car and she turned to me and told me “Momma I do  not want to come back - I do not like the way that they yell at the  horses and treat them”.  She said "I want to go back to Katharine and  continue my lessons.  I like the loving way that Ms. Katharine has with  Magic and Grits and myself.  I want to learn more of that.  I do not  ever want to learn what they want to teach me”  
I am so proud of her  for this.  I am so very grateful that she has you as a model for the  way that she wants to be with the horses she will ride in the future!   I  am hopeful she will get to spend more time with you and your lovely  sanctuary when we return this summer.

Forever Grateful!  
Barbara Cooper

Your  friendship, guidance, knowledge, and support, have changed my life. You  have helped me help my horses many times, and in return, I have managed  to also help my neighbors horses too. If you wouldn't have mentioned  Reiki to me, I would have never been able to help my family and friends  the way that I have, and continue to do. I will be forever grateful!!!  Namaste!!!

Michelle Howes-Stein

I am so glad that I  decided to treat myself to a lesson with Katharine at  Dharmahorse/Naturalpaths. What a wonderful experience! Not only does  Katharine have the knowledge and expertise to teach, but she has this  peaceful energy about her that spreads through her horses to the rider  which makes the entire experience incredibly relaxing. I was scheduled  to go to the chiropractor the next day and after adjusting me he was in  awe and said that was the easiest I had EVER been to adjust. I just felt  happy and relaxed after just one lesson - my first ride in about 8  years. Okay, so I was a little muscle sore for a couple of days but that  just kept reminding me what a great time I had.

Simone Christoph

 I have been participating with Katharine for the past year and it has been a truly rewarding and amazing experience. 

When  I was a kid, I took horseback riding lessons for a short period of  time.  I was young and scared and was taking lessons with a group of  kids my age.  When it came to trotting, I was scared, but I didn’t tell  the trainer, and she never asked.  When the horse wouldn’t trot (because  I didn’t really want to trot) the trainer slapped the horse on its rear  end and it started to trot.  I was so scared and unprepared that I fell  off!  They convinced me to get back on the horse right away but I never  got back on it again after that day.

I have always loved horses  and wanted to reconnect with them.  When I was looking for lessons, I  specifically wanted to find someone who would teach me to care for the  horse, connect with the horse, and to ride with the horse rather than  focus on “mastering” the horse.  I found Katharine’s company, which is  based on compassion and connection.  After my first lesson, I knew that  this was exactly what I was looking for.  Each lesson, I learned more  and more about safety around this giant but gentle creature, and how to  take into consideration where the horse is coming from when riding.

Probably  one of the most important things I have learned is that the horse is a  mirror of our self.  When I was first riding, my lack of confidence  showed when trying to get the horse to something as simple as walk.  I  learned from Katharine and the horses that you can be firm and confident  while still being kind.  All my life, I have only ever considered being  kind as the most important trait.  After practicing this concept with  the horses, I have seen it spill out into my personal and professional  life, and it has made a huge difference.  And it certainly showed the  first time I trotted!  I trusted the horse knew what to do and I trusted  myself as well and it was amazing.

Katharine and her wonderful  horses have become a part of my life.  I look forward to every weekend  when I can ride and learn something new.  I also look forward to every  other Friday for Stablewomen where we learn more and more about  horsemanship and how we can positively affect a horse’s life and share  how they positively affect ours.

Katie McGinn, New Mexico


I  have been taking lessons with Katharine for over a year and find her  approach to horsemanship both enlightening and fundamentally practical. I  began as a slightly nervous rider through negative past experiences and  Katharine was very understanding and encouraging of me to gain  confidence, while never pushing me further than I felt safe with. I have  developed strong relationships with her horses, each of which is very  much an individual with his or her own quirks and personality. I have  learnt how to adapt my riding to the horse to work in partnership, which  gives both me and the horse confidence in what we are doing. My lessons  are mostly schooling, but we have also been on trail rides through the  nearby desert, which is a wonderful experience.

I would recommend  Katharine to people of all ages who want to develop riding skills while  gaining a more complete understanding of horses.

Pip Lyons, New Mexico

   I have been working with Katharine this past year with riding lessons,  spiritual guidance, and herbal/natural health education.  I feel that  all aspects of my life (business, personal, and spiritual) have been  greatly improved since connecting with Katharine.  I have owned, worked  with and ridden horses most of my life.  However, after having a couple  painful falls, I avoided riding for several years.  Not owning a horse  at the time, I was reluctant to ride other people's horses.  Katharine  has helped me regain my confidence and trust in riding by providing a  safe, and comfortable environment.  She focuses on communicating with  the horse so the rider can better understand what and why they are  asking of their horse.  I have watched Katharine teach lessons to other  clients, and she is supremely adept at teaching new concepts from the  most novice to the most experienced rider. 

Additionally, I have  had the opportunity to participate in several of the Stable Women  classes.  This is a great opportunity to meet other women with similar  interests and work on building that bond and communication with  horses. The class is a wonderful time to learn and reflect on different  horsemanship concepts  with out any judgment.   

Finally, with  my business involving therapeutic massage for horses and dogs, I asked  Katharine to teach me about Reiki.  She gave me my Reiki I attunement.   Since my attunement, I feel more in touch with my patients and able to  provide a better healing/comfort effect for them.  Katharine has also  taught me a lot on natural remedies for a healthier lifestyle.  Her  knowledge base on herbs and oils are immeasurable, and my own personal  health has greatly improved since shifting more to a natural lifestyle. 

Vivienne Beauchemin, New Mexico

A response to “The In Between Places”:

I’ve  spend a lot of time reading the most recent DharmaHorse newsletter,  more than I usually take to do such things. Generally, I read my email,  contemplate it a little bit, smile, nod and go on about my day. Even at a  young age, I’ve found myself a lover of the In Between, or the Middles,  as I call them. I ride a horse that is half and half, in an endurance  saddle without a horn. I find myself cherishing the Middle moments in  life; the drive to where I am going, the blessed late night moments with  my infant son in between awake and asleep, and certainly with horses.  My do I love the Middle when I am with my horse, the moment between when  he is totally ignoring me to asking “Can we do something together?”  It’s where I learn the most. When I was trimming hooves at DharmaHorse, I  fell hard for an Appy named Hank, and bless you Katharine for  subconsciously understanding my need for middles! Where someone else  might have walked away or hit a horse for such actions, I found myself  doubled over laughing, every time, while you smiled and didn’t so much  as look at me sideways! It was the Middle time with Hank, between where  he wanted to see what he could get away with to willingly allowing me to  work on his feet that I felt incredulous joy at his actively trying to  figure me out, figure out what I wanted, and watch his wheels turning  deciding if he wanted to do it or not. Many people get frustrated with  Middles, but they are more precious and hold more learning opportunities  than most horse people care to admit.

Last year when my mentor  came to visit, I was struggling with Middles with my horse, and so sure  that I was never going to reach an endpoint. After a very long day I  found myself being hand walked around the arena in the dark while I  bawled.  Oh Middles! I didn’t ride for weeks because I was so scared of  middles, then I met a lady named Katharine and a horse named Hank, and I  found a love of middles again. The next day I saddled up and rode  through the middle to the end, and it was glorious!

Nowadays I  embrace Middles with a passion, I don’t lose patience with the In  Between places and learn to cherish them for what they are. There is not  right and wrong, only gray and opportunities for growth. Thank you  DharmaHorse, for teaching me the greatness in between.


Adrienne Clark

   Katharine has such a wealth of knowledge and is compassionate with  people as well as animals, thank goodness! I have known her for years  and can attest to her deep understanding of many subjects and her  apparently infinite patience. Please don't let my clumsy praise minimize  her talents - talk to her yourself and you will appreciate her as I do.

Cathy McFee Boeker

It Takes a Community!

"Great news!

Jay has improved 100%.
He is eating ALL his food again.
Poop is coming out much easier for him, without straining (poor thing, I hated to see him struggle like that)
One  of his melanoma’s around his anus (the largest one) has blistered and  is draining, which means the swelling has decreased, allowing for more  flexibility around his anus, for his bowel movements
He is feeling like his normal self last night

Still  need to keep a close eye on him and his bowel movements and put  protocols into place to help him with bowel movements, until that  melanoma is gone!

It takes a community to get thru situations like this!
When  money is low, time is short, and there is only one set of hands at the  barn, I had to reach out to others to do all I could to help Jay.

Thanks  to Katharine Lark Chrisley, who offered me a simple, inexpensive, quick  home remedy to help soften up that manure! Katherine is a sweetheart,  who has been there a time or two when I am in need for solutions for the  horses. A wealth of knowledge in Herbs, Katherine has been a  contributing author to Natural Horse magazine for a prolonged term. She  is also the founder and owner of Dharma Horse Sanctuary. ....."

~ Diana Wanamaker 4/14/2017

 Jardin  De Los Ninos, homeless and near homeless children: The heart filled  welcome you had given the kids and teachers alike was such a positive  learning experience for all of us!  The work that ya'll do there is so  great and I believe could really help a lot of people.
~ Nate Arneson 4/21/2016


Onate Bridge Program

The  Onate Bridge Program of Onate High School has been taking our students  to dharmahorse for the past two years. Some of the jobs that are  performed are mucking stalls and yard maintenance. The purpose of these  jobs is to build self-esteem and team building skills. We also use it as  a tool to develop Job Skills in the above mentioned areas. Because of  the opportunity the Owner, Katharine Lark Chrisley, has given us, our  students have benefited in many ways from these valuable life skills. We  appreciate her time and effort to the success of this program.

Thank you,

Ted Apodaca

Onate Bridge Program Director