Programs offered at Medicine Horse Center

All Medicine Horse programs (with the exception of Summer Enrichment Program) are led by a Licensed Professional Counselor and developed to meet the needs of the community we serve, and include the following areas of focus:

  • Positive Youth Development
  • Social/Emotional Learning
  • Grade level transition programs (elementary-middle and middle-high school ages)
  • Life transition programs
  • Team-building, mentorship, and leadership

A.W.A.R.E. (our home-grown program) stands for awareness of:

  • Actions
  • Words
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Empathy

What: Medicine Horse A.W.A.R.E. is a 6-week social/emotional experiential learning program designed for groups of middle to high school students (8-10 students per group).

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 A.W.A.R.E program, our team, consisting of Medicine Horse staff (i.e. mental health counselor, horse professionals) partner with agency/school staff (eg. counselors, social workers, teachers) to create individually tailored sessions to suit the needs of the students.

Summer Enrichment Program – A.W.A.R.E. Outdoors

A.W.A.R.E. Outdoors is aimed at 8 to 12 year old youth looking to spend their time outside and practicing social-emotional skills during their summer break. We will focus on 5 senses (See, Touch, Smell, Taste, Hear) and engage in a variety of activities and crafts that will will focus on and explore the following skills:

  • Self exploration, communication, and connection with self and others
  • Basic gardening
  • Horse care and horsemanship
  • Making new friendships and sharing stories
  • Exploring the outdoors and learning lessons from nature
  • Learning to prepare basic meals outside utilizing produce from the gardens at Medicine Horse
  • Self expression through craft and music

The Program will run Monday through Friday at Medicine Horse Center between 9 and 1 pm.

Private Horsemanship

Participants will advance their horsemanship skills, equine knowledge & ability to ride a horse independently.

  • Date and Time: Flexible scheduling
  • Place: Medicine Horse Center @ 40700 County Road J, Mancos, CO 81328
  • Call Medicine Horse at 970-533-7403 or email ( for pricing and to schedule.

Self-care Initiative

Taking time for self-care is not easy when caring for loved ones. The daily pressures of caregiving can create a toxic stress environment for caregivers and direct service providers. At Medicine Horse Center in a small-group setting we create an environment where participants feel safe to share stories of their journeys, make meaningful connections with others and horses, and take time to address their psychological needs. Team-oriented initiatives, guided by a licensed therapist, will provide practical coping tools and brain-based regulation skills to manage stress, build self-esteem and confidence, and stay healthy.

This program is intended not only for those caring for loved ones, but also for teachers burnt out from work pressures and time constraints, who seek to find life balance between responsibilities and self-care needs.

Women self-discovery retreat – coming soon!

This program is designed for women transitioning through different stages of their lives and seeking to make connections with self and others, to build confidence and trust, grow awareness and stay grounded.

Cost: please contact us for group rates or 970-533-7403

Programs at Medicine Horse

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 must be referred by a physician or therapist. 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 Therapeutic Riding Application form prior to their first class (see Forms). Contact us for information about pricing. Please call 970-533-7403 or email at