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Ways you can support Medicine Horse Center

The Medicine Horse Center is funded by grants and private monetary/in-kind donations. In order to continue to provide service for our community, we need your help.

Feed, supplements, animal care services, tack, office equipment, farm equipment, etc. are always in need!

We are especially in need of the following items:

  • Hay
  • 4WD Gator or similar
  • Helmets (New ASTM/SEI helmets only please!)
  • Arena sand 

Please call Lynne at 970-533-7403 to discuss donations.



Our mission is: Horses and humans working together to foster healthier communities and our motto is: no student will be turned away because of inability to pay!  The only way we are able to do this is through generous donations from people like you.

The Medicine Horse Center is a 501(c)(3) organization funded by grants and private monetary/in-kind donations.  In order to continue to provide service for our community, we need your help! Please consider a tax-deductible individual or corporate donation or sponsorship to Medicine Horse Center today to help us continue to provide these valuable services to our community.

Donate through PayPal. You can make a one-time donation with your credit card securely via PayPal. NOTE: You do NOT have to have a PayPal account -- you can pay with a debit or credit card without creating one.

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Below are some examples of how your dollars may be used:

  • $1,200 can sponsor a therapy horse for one year of total care
  • $500 can pay for five individual psychotherapy sessions
  • $250 can provide a 2 hour therapy session for a group of up to 8 participants
  • $100 can support a therapy horse for one month
  • $50 can help pay for one private therapeutic riding lesson
  • $25 can help pay for one group therapeutic riding lesson

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Donate by personal check: Printable donation form



Program Volunteers

To ensure the safety and well-being of each client, up to three volunteers (one horse leader and two sidewalkers) are needed for each therapeutic riding participant. The number of volunteers needed for EAP/EEL sessions may vary.

Program Volunteers must:

* Be at least 16 years of age for therapeutic riding sessions
* Be at least 18 years of age for EAP/EEL sessions
* Be able to lift 50 lbs
* Be able to stand or walk outdoors for long periods of time
* Be able to jog for short distances

There will be MANDATORY BACKGROUND CHECKS for all volunteers providing direct client services.

Download a volunteer application and a release form for the background check.

Non-Paid Part-time Positions Available

The following positions may be supervisory, overseen by the Medicine Horse Center Volunteer Coordinator and/or the Executive Director. If you or someone you know would like to work with Medicine Horse on an ongoing basis, please contact us at (970) 533-7503.

Volunteer Coordinator - This person oversees volunteers at both our Durango and Mancos facilities and reports to the Executive Director.

Stable Care - This person could cover our current stable person on her days off and vacations in Mancos.

Trainer -Are you not good, but GREAT with horses? We are looking for someone to help us work our horses for their specific purpose (therapeutic riding, EAP/EEL) and to exercise the horses when they are not in use. Possibility to become a paid position.

Events Coordinator(s) - This can be for just one event or for all of our fundraiser events (3-5 a year).

Head Landscaper - We are looking for someone with a green thumb to help out at our headquarters in Mancos.

The Medicine Grow Project

We are currently looking for an individual or a group to head up The Medicine Grow Project. This project is in it's "seed" phase and would be perfect for people who love to garden, and are familiar with organic growing methods and composting.

We have the place, raised beds (one is for a kids garden and one is for seniors and is wheelchair-friendly), and the manure to start the composting. We just need the hands, some skills, a little creativity and a whole lotta love! Eventually, this garden will be maintained by children, adults, and seniors as an alternative to equine therapy or if their condition precludes them from actively working with the horses.

Please contact Lynne at the Medicine Horse Center for more details about this exciting project. 

Other volunteer needs

  • Horse handling
  • Sidewalking
  • Exercising/Training
  • Facility Repairs/Maintenance
  • Landscaping
  • Stable management
  • Administrative duties
  • Writing newsletters and other publications
  • Grant Writing
  • Special Events
  • Photography/Video
  • Fundraising
  • Public Relations



If you are interested in donating or leasing your equine friend to the Medicine Horse Center, please read the following about "What Makes a Perfect Therapy Horse".

The Perfect Therapy Horse should:

  • Be responsive to voice commands
  • Under saddle, work three basic gaits in both directions, have the ability to lengthen and shorten stride at all gaits,and will work well in a group or individually.
  • Be size-appropriate for program needs. Most TherapyHorses are between 14hh-15hh, although larger horses are required forlarge/tall riders. To date, our largest horse is 16hh.
  • No younger than 5 years of age. Prospects forstability, soundness and longevity are best if the horse is between 8 and16 years. In some cases (where a horse enjoys good health/soundness)horses can be accepted in their 20+ years.
  • Have varied experiences in their background, such asschooling, show and trail. These horses are more likely to accept new experiences.

First and foremost, display good ground manners. The horse should stand quietly, be pleasant to groom and tack and have good herd behavior. If you feel that your horse would make the Perfect Therapy Horse, please contact us!



Shop online at Country Supply and use the Country Care Code: medicinehorsecenter at checkout and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Medicine Horse Center!


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Downloadable forms:

These are PDF forms and require the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print. If you need a form mailed to you, please call us at 970-533-7403.


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