Sage: 1: wise through reflection and experience; one distinguished for wisdom
2 : proceeding from or characterized by wisdom, prudence, and good judgment <sage advice>
Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French sauge, from Latin salvia, from salvus healthy; from its use as a medicinal herb; Latin salvere means to heal or save.


My name is Eleanor Van Natta, and I live in the Pacific Northwest with a special horse named Sage. This is a summary of our decade-plus journey together. I hope in some way that it helps you along in yours.

One of the most important gifts that I have gained from this journey was learning to be guided by my horse, my instincts, and a quest for knowledge. I am not an expert on horses. I leave that job to the equines themselves. I maintain a healthy respect for, and wariness of, those who call themselves experts. Observe and listen to your own horses; there are no better teachers. Knowledge is an evolutionary process, and I add to my knowledge base when I learn something new instead of staying stuck with ideas that may no longer be working for me or the animals in my care.

Lastly, I know a little bit about a lot of things, but I know a lot about my own particular horse. And that is what has made all the difference.

The manuscript of our story is complete, and I am currently seeking agent representation for The Girl With A Hole In Her Heart. More on that over at

Maybe because having a horse meant your life had been touched by a beautiful mystery.” –Susan Richards, author of Chosen by a Horse

Contact me: elvannatta (at) comcast  dot com

Disclaimer: I am not a veterinarian, and I am not suggesting that this site be used to replace veterinary care. I have provided links to other organizations and suppliers of products that I think may be of value to those of you on your quest for information and healthy horses; this does not mean that I recommend every product they sell or agree with all of their views. As with everything else, please use your instincts, research, and best judgement.