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
  • Professional Development Training (Trauma-Informed Behavior Management)
  • 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 – Outdoor Adventures at the Medicine Horse Garden

Outdoor Adventures is aimed at 7 to 10 year old youth. Every Thursday, we will offer a day of outdoor adventures and activities. From painting and pottery to nature walks and time with the horses, it will be a day full of learning, exploring, and enjoying time outside together! The Program will be held outside in our Healing Garden in accordance with CDC COVID guidelines. Each day will revolve around a combination of the following activities:

  • 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
  • Preparing and sharing simple snacks outside
  • Self expression through craft and music

The Program will run between 9 and 1 pm every Thursday.

Dates and Themes

  • July 9: Outdoor Explorer
  • July 16: Garden Sprouts
  • July 23: Adventure Arts
  • July 30: A Day on the Ranch
  • Aug 6: Outdoor Explorer
  • Aug 13: Garden Sprouts

Cost: $55 (snack provided)
Bring your own lunch

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For any questions please call us at 970-533-7403

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