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Medicine Horse Center program offerings

  • Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
  • Equine Experiential Learning (EEL)
  • Therapeutic Riding
  • Hippotherapy
  • Recreation and Leisure
  • Youth programs
  • For women


It has been said that horses are the mirrors to the soul. They are also the mirrors to human emotions, feelings, attitudes and behaviors. It is this that makes them especially powerful therapeutic partners. Through the guidance of a licensed therapist, clients are able to explore the emotional and behavioral responses that arise while working with these powerful animals.

If you feel stuck in traditional counseling, if your adolescent is resistant to “therapy”, or if you want to learn more about yourself in a fun and safe environment, then EAP sessions may be just the right thing.

We offer individual, family and group sessions for clients who:

  • Want to add something different to their traditional counseling
  • Would like to take control of their lives and increase confidence
  • Are having feelings of depression and anxiety
  • Are experiencing loss and grief
  • Are seeking marital counseling
  • Would like to increase communication in their relationships
  • Have been victims of abuse
  • Have or have had food, drug or alcohol addictions
  • Have a life-altering disease or disorder
  • Clients experiencing post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Veterans

Call us to inquire about session pricing at 970-533-7403.


Learning by doing, or through having an experience, is what EEL is all about.  When we put people and horses together, something unique happens – a bond is formed, an “aha” moment arises, positive feeling abound… Horses help people discover or rediscover their best selves.
Experiential learning with horses can teach people to “think outside of the box”.  It can enhance pro social and life skills and dramatically increase a client's sense of personal power and control.

When people leave the stable, they feel more confident, more connected and better able to deal with the challenges that life sends their (our?) way.

EEL sessions are perfect for:

  • School groups (please see our A.W.A.R.E. program)
  • Kids with behavioral issues or who are resistant to therapy
  • Clients with learning disabilities
  • Families
  • Youth at-risk
  • Corporate and agency teambuilding

Medicine Horse tailors individualized programs to fit the needs of many different agencies and individuals– please call for current programs and pricing.


At Medicine Horse, we believe in the possibilities of every individual. Therapeutic riding can benefit riders in many ways, including: improved muscle tone, improved motor development, balance skills, social skills, self-confidence, and self-esteem.

Supervised riding or groundwork activities specifically designed to provide opportunities for the challenged rider to accomplish physical, emotional, social or cognitive goals.

We offer individual and group sessions for clients who have a variety of physical or developmental limitations, including:

* Autism
* Brain Injuries
* Down's Syndrome
* Cerebral Palsy
* Parkinson's Disease
* Alzheimer's Disease
* Stroke

Students can be referred by a healthcare professional, educator, or family member/caregiver. No prior horseback riding experience is required. Riders must wear appropriate clothing (long pants and closed-toe shoes). All riders must wear a safety helmet when participating in programs.

All riders must complete the forms prior to their first class. Contact us for information about pricing. Partial scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance. Please call 970-533-7403 if you need forms mailed to you.

For the safety of our horses, client weight restrictions apply. Alternative mounted activities are available on our stationery horse, Abilene. (Learn more at


Derived from the Greek word for horse, "hippos", hippotherapy utilizes the horse's rhythmic movement as a medical treatment for clients with physical or cognitive challenges. Treatment goals for movement dysfunction are determined by a credentialed physical, occupational or speech therapist in conjunction with a PATH International Certified Riding Instructor.

For the safety of our horses, client weight restrictions apply. Alternative mounted activities are available on our stationery horse, Abilene. (Learn more at


Please contact us for the current schedule of programs. Call Lynne at 970-533-7403.


Various summer and school-year offerings are available. Check back for updates.


Awareness of Actions, awareness of Words, awareness of Accountability, awareness of Respect, awareness of Empathy -- this is the foundation of the Medicine Horse AWARE program. By focusing on the key components of AWARE we are able to address the differing needs of the diverse clientele that we serve.

A.W.A.R.EThis spring, the AWARE program is being provided to these schools:

  • Needham Elementary
  • Miller Middle School
  • Escalante Middle School
  • Mercy Housing
  • Durango High School
  • Mancos Middle School
  • Mancos High School
  • Dolores Middle School

What: Medicine Horse AWARE is a social/emotional experiential learning program designed for groups of school-age kids. At Medicine Horse, students are given a safe and fun environment to work on their awareness of unwanted or negative behaviors and emotions -- and the confidence to take newly learned social/emotional skills back to their lives at school, home, and within the community.

Why: When students initially come to Medicine Horse for services, one of their first steps in working towards positive change is awareness -- awareness of established patterns, behaviors, thoughts, emotions and social interactions. For many, the interactions with the horses are one of the only positive, nonjudgmental and caring connections that they have felt in a long time. For others, it is a chance to boost self-esteem, increase confidence and become a more self-motivated and successful person.

Who: Through the AWARE program, a behavioral intervention team consisting of Medicine Horse staff (ie. mental health counselor, horse professionals) and agency/school staff (eg. counselors, social workers, teachers) partner to create individually tailored sessions to suit the needs of the students.

Individual sessions

For some students who are exhibiting significant behavioral or social/emotional issues, individual sessions or sessions in addition to the school may be more appropriate.

Medicine Horse AWARE individual sessions focus on the needs and issues of each client. The sessions are experiential in nature with an emphasis on Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). With the support of a licensed therapist and a horse professional, EAP allows for clients to explore patterns of unwanted behaviors, patterns and emotions.

Individual needs and issues of each client determine the focus of the sessions.

Ideal candidates for the AWARE program are students who:

  • Have behavioral issues
  • Have learning disabilities
  • Struggle with social/emotional issues
  • Are victims of abuse
  • Are depressed, withdrawn or suicidal
  • Could benefit from increased social interactions with a peer group
  • Have shown signs of drug/alcohol problems
  • Have eating disorders or body image issue


Medicine Horse generally offers a four-week session in the spring and fall of Horses & Healing. Learn more and register.

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Contact information:

Mailing address:
Medicine Horse Center
P.O. Box 1074
Mancos, CO 81328

Phone: 970-533-7403
Fax: 970-533-7405

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