Flag Ranch was created by Kimberly Carlisle, a Stanford swimming Olympian and Flag, a Northern California-bred Standardbred harness racer. Flag was at the end of his racing career and Kimberly created Flag Ranch as a place for horses that had outlived the utility to their owners. Now the sanctuary has many horses with similar stories. They are free to roam the 100 acres in Calaveras County and be a herd.
The horses are not ridden. They are free to be horses and form their own social groupings within the herd. Spending a morning at Flag Ranch, I was impressed with how gentle and welcoming the horses were. I roamed freely among the horses snapping photos and interacting. There is a goat that similarly came to be part of the herd. Kimberly even has a 400 pound pig called Chop Chop that has the run of the place. There are dogs and cats as well. But the place is about the horses and connecting with them.
Beyond the community of horses, there is a larger community of like-minded people that donate money, rescue horses that are sent to the ranch and lend support in other ways. Flag Ranch is a beautifully realized vision and Kimberly has definitely found her True Calling.
You can learn more about Flag Ranch on their website at flagranch.org. You can see more of my True Calling photos on my website. If you or someone you know has an unusual calling, let me know. I would love to bring their story to light with photos and help inspire others to pursue their true calling.