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Please consider making a financial contribution to Medicine Horse Program. Your donations support our programs and help some great kids and families.
Your help is greatly appreciated. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Contributing money is easy!
1. Mail your donation to Medicine Horse Program at: 8778 Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO 80303
2. Call us at 720.406.7630 to provide us with your VISA or MC number
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In accordance with the provisions of the Equal Opportunity Act and the City of Boulder Human Rights Ordinance, there will be no discrimination against an applicant for services or benefits based on the basis of age, source of income, sex, race marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, religion or handicap. Medicine Horse Program complies with all state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination. the City of Boulder's Human Rights Ordinance protects against discrimination. If you believe your rights have been violated, call the Colorado Fair Housing Hotline at (303)672-5437 or 1-800-877-7353.
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Enhancing Life Through Unique Equine-Assisted Experiences
For more than 11 years, Medicine Horse Program has been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of adolescents, families, and adults through unique equine-assisted experiences. We provide group and individual therapy sessions that focus on healing. Individual and group psychotherapy sessions are offered. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Our services meet the particular needs of low-income individuals referred to us by local city and county agencies. Vulnerable youth populations are an emphasis at Medicine Horse Program.
Medicine Horse Program thrives with the help of a dedicated staff, board of directors and numerous enthusiastic volunteers. Find out more about the people who help make this program a success by visiting our Staff and Board of Directors and Advisory Board pages.
The horse is an intuitive, honest and responsive being. Through interaction with the horse, humans can gain awareness about how we relate to ourselves and others in our lives.
- Horses live in herds closely resembling human groups such as the family system.
- Relationship with other herd members determines the individuals' survival as well as their role within the herd.
- Horses, as prey animals, live in the here and now in order to survive. They can teach the importance of awareness.
- Horses have unique personalities eliciting different behaviors and emotions in different people.
New insights, skills and successes developed in the arena transfer to each participant's everyday life. Medicine Horse Program provides a fun, challenging and unique environment in which human growth and potential may be achieved.
Core Values & Beliefs
- Healing: MHP is a space where healing takes place.
- Respect and Honor: We treat our horses, our volunteers and the environment with respect and honor.
- Safety: A physically and emotionally safe environment is paramount.
- Relationships: Building relationships are essential- relationships between each other and with horses.
- Value and Gifts: Every being has values and gifts to share.
- Responsibility: We take personal responsibility for our actions, feelings, and words.
- Collaboration: MHP is about collaboration- not competition.
Our Mission and Our Programs
Medicine Horse Program enhances the mental health and life skills of youth, adults, families, and groups through therapeutic interaction with horses.
Medicine Horse Program fulfills our values and beliefs through four core youth programs:
HopeFoal Project: This award-winning class partners rescued Premarin foals with depressed and anxious teens. The teens work with trained therapists and horse handlers to help gentle the foals. In the process, both foal and teen are healed.
Healing With Horses: In collaboration with Hospice of Boulder and Broomfield Counties, this 2006 NOVA Health and Human Services award-winning class helps children deal with issues of grief associated with the loss of a loved one.
Just Say Whoa: This class, in partnership with Boulder BEST program and others, is designed for truant teens and repeat juvenile offenders. Through interaction with horses and therapists, the class helps teens confront their complex lives.
Equus Integration Project: This growth and learning class breals down barriers among diverse populations, building the communication and leadership skills of non-English-speaking teens.
EquineAbility: Through horse activities, creative expression and body movement, this EAP program addresses the psychological, emotional and social aspects of individuals with developmental disabilities.
Scholarships for all of the core programs are available.
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