At Medicine Horse, the horses are the stars! Our therapy horses come from all walks of life and many of them we have rescued and rehabilitated. Each horse has an individual personality, strength, opinion and preferences: Mack is a big laid-back fellow, Nitro is a wizard at gate-opening, and Prince prefers you scratch the inside of his ears.
They assist our therapists and allow us to provide a therapeutic experience unparalleled by talk therapy alone. Horses can teach self-awareness, emotional resilience and agility, social intelligence, leadership, and relationship skills with self and others. Somatic experiencing -- such as working with horses in nature -- is a unique and effective therapy treatment, especially for those who need an alternative to traditional talk therapy. Horses save lives.
We invite you to support our programs and scholarships by supporting our horses. Our therapy horses come from all walks of life and many of them are horses that we have rescued and rehabilitated. Each horse has an individual personality, strength, opinion and preferences: Mack is a big laid-back fellow, Nitro is a wizard at gate-opening, and Prince prefers you scratch the inside of his ears.
With our Sponsor a Therapy Horse program, you can choose which horse to sponsor and at which level.
Walk support level is $1.64/day ($600/year)
Trot support level is $3.29/day ($1,200/yr)
Gallop support level is $8.22/day ($3,000/yr)
Chariot support level is $16.43/day ($6,000/yr)
We also welcome one-time donations to sponsor the horse of your choice!
$50 / month
Allows your equid to help 12 individuals a year
$100 / month
Allows your equid to help 24 individuals a year
$250 / month
Allows your equid participate in a full 6-week
session for one of our youth programs
$500 / month
Allows your equid to participate in a full 8-week
session of our veterans program
Medicine Horse respectfully requests a 12 month
minimum commitment from monthly sponsors
Frameable certificate & twice-yearly updates on your equid
Frameable certificate, twice-yearly updates on your equid
& logo baseball cap
Frameable certificate, twice-yearly updates on your equid, logo baseball cap & end of year appreciation gift
Medicine Horse respectfully requests a 12 month
minimum commitment from monthly sponsors
Can I visit the horse/mini I sponsor?
As a treatment facility and due to the sensitive nature of the work we do on-site, we are unable to allow individual visitation. You will be notified when an annual Meet & Greet is scheduled for those who are generously sponsoring a therapy horse.
What happens if my horse/mini leaves Medicine Horse?
We will contact you and help you determine another horse that resonates with you.
Can I give a sponsorship as a gift or memorial?
Yes! Use the "Comments" section on the donation form to give us the contact details for the recipient and we will send them the sponsorship welcome information along with the associated tier gifts.
Can I sponsor more than one horse?
Yes! There's no limit!
Breed : Gypsy Vanner
Background : Frankie is named after Frank Sinatra because of his big starling blue eyes hiding under his beautiful white bangs. He was donated to Medicine Horse as a young colt and is a very experienced therapy horse.
Personality : Frankie is friendly, calm and solid with a great sense of humor.
Fun facts : Frankie lets his bottom lip hang down and you can’t help but be charmed by his silly smile and he rarely complains about any extra attention should you find yourself braiding his long flowing mane.
Breed : Welsh Cob
Background : Rowan came to Colorado in 2016. His registered name is Radio Flyer but since he is Welsh and red, his owners named him Rowan which means “little red-haired one” in Celtic.
Personality : Rowan may not be the tallest horse in the pasture but he has a big horse personality. He is very social and extremely smart, with lots of chrome (white markings) on his legs and face. We could spend the entire day learning about him and herd dynamics by watching Rowan interact with his pasture buddies.
Fun facts : He is not a big fan of getting his spring/fall shots from the vet; but soothing words and gentle scratches help.
Breed : Tennessee Walking Horse
Background : Prince was rescued from Arkansas by Next Step Rescue in Calhan, CO when he was 9. He was a bit on the thin side but has now filled out, is full bodied and healthy as a…well, the horse he is! He has a big stride and a comfortable fast walk that is unique to “gaited” horses.
Personality : Prince lives up to his name and will charm you with his calm personality and kind nature. He takes time to get to know everyone and is curious about new people.
Fun facts : He loves to have the inside of his ears gently rubbed to get at those itchy spots.
Breed : Paint - Quarter Horse cross
Background : Rose moved from Illinois to Colorado in the fall of 2018 and now enjoys living in our lovely state as a participant at Medicine Horse.
Personality : Rose is a sweet lady with lots of natural curiosity. She's also smart and willing to try new things, even if she's a bit nervous. Rose is a very social mare and she likes to be with her herd mates when out on the trail or in the barn. We think that her markings are unique and very pretty, just as you'd expect a rose to be.
Fun facts : Rose is the first in line anytime treats are involved!
Lisa Tretout-Rogers is a clinical psychotherapist who works with children with Asperger's syndrome. As part of her practice, she would visit Medicine Horse with clients for sessions to work on emotional dysregulation. One boy in particular stuck out for Lisa. Sam* would act on feelings of disempowerment by bullying other kids.
Over a series of sessions, Sam, with the help of a Medicine Horse equine therapist, worked his way up from the minis to a larger horse. At first, it was not unusual for Sam to yell at other kids getting too close to him, but in the presence of the large horse, he stopped himself. He admitted to Lisa that "the big horse was scary," and at first, there was hesitancy on both Sam and the horse's part in their interactions. They were nervous of one another. But over several sessions, the two were able to build trust, and Sam was able to moderate his behavior.
Equine therapy has been an important and integral part of Lisa's work with children. Horses are intuitive, honest and responsive. As herd animals, they are highly social and empathic, relying on their relationships with one another for comfort, safety, and survival. As prey animals, they are extremely sensitive to their physical and energetic environment. All this makes horses exceptional therapy partners.
* 'Sam' is a pseudonym
Breed : Miniature Donkey
Background : Frank was a feral donkey rescued by C.H.E.E.R. (Colorado Horse Education and Equine Rescue) in Brighton, CO. He came to Medicine Horse with his buddy, Bean, in October 2019.
Personality : Frank was a bit on the shy side and uncertain when he first arrived, but has blossomed into an animal that enjoys therapy work and is a favorite for those who prefer to work with smaller animals.
Fun facts : Frank is happy-go-lucky and loves pets and snuggles! There is some discussion (unbeknownst to him) about getting Frank and Bean involved in donkey racing.
Breed : Miniature Donkey
Background : Bean was rescued at the same time as his pal, Frank, by C.H.E.E.R. (Colorado Horse Education and Equine Rescue). He was feral and living alone in a field until he came to Medicine Horse in October 2019.
Personality : Bean was exceptionally shy and nervous when he first arrived at Medicine Horse but he has settled in to his new home and is now calm and happy.
Fun facts : Bean enjoys playing with his BFF Frank and getting gentle scratches from everyone at the barn. He is quite vocal and has a unique bray that he makes sure we can all hear! He, like Frank, may be participating in donkey races soon.
Breed : Haflinger
Background : Nitro was born and raised in Colorado and has been with Medicine Horse since he was a foal.
Personality : Nitro is very curious, loves people and loves snacks even more! He has a big heart and strong will and puts a smile on everyone’s faces.
Fun facts : This sometimes mischievous horse’s nickname around the barn is “Houdini” because he is very talented at opening doors and gates.
We do our best to keep our expenses down, but the simple fact is that horses are expensive. The average cost of horse ownership in Colorado is between $10,015 – $14,000 per horse per year.
As a nonprofit, Medicine Horse offers free group programs, such as Operation Be Herd, Giddy Up, and Rainbow Wranglers, in addition to several scholarships for individual equine therapy throughout the year, to support those in our community who wouldn’t otherwise have access to this form of therapy. Our generous supporters give us the ability to provide this help to our community.
Breed : Draft - Quarter Horse cross
Background : Amos used to be an Amish working horse in Pennsylvania, plowing fields and pulling a carriage. He later came to Colorado where he joined the Fantasy Ranch in Crested Butte as a trail horse. After dutifully climbing mountains to show ranch guests the beautiful vistas, Amos found his way to private ownership and a slower pace in Boulder and at Medicine Horse.
Personality : Along with his big size, Amos has a big talent for connecting with and healing humans through his gentle nature.
Fun facts : Amos is known for being a gentle giant.
Breed : American Showhorse (half Arabian and half Saddlebred)
Background : Cinco was born and raised in Boulder. He has been with his lovely owner, Jane, since 2016. His registered name is Bravo Bravo but he is called Cinco because he was born on Cinco de Mayo.
Personality : Cinco is curious and easy going. He loves to meet and engage with all kinds of people. He loves to be scratched on the top of his head and have his face gently stroked.
Fun fact : American Showhorses were established as a separate breed in August 1981 which makes them a newer breed than many others.
Breed : Quarter Horse
Background : Mack was born in 2007 and hails from Red Feather Lakes, Colorado where he was a trail horse at Beaver Meadows Resort Ranch. This gelding is strong enough to work with our veteran groups and gentle enough to work with our youngest kiddos and everyone in between.
Personality : Mack has oodles of patience and is willing to go wherever you want to lead him. He's a soft, gentle, big boy and has a special knack of putting everyone at ease.
Fun fact : When we first met him, he walked himself (no human help), into his barn and backed into the area where we put on his halter ... he's that smart and keen to participate!
Breed : Clydsdale
Background : Clydesdales are the horses you've seen on commercials pulling the Budweiser Beer Carts and they are a Scottish breed (first recorded in 1826 in Glasgow). Duke, specifically, was born in North America and was brought to Colorado from Arizona in 2019 and we imagine he enjoys our cooler temperatures (he's extra playful on snow days). We believe Duke was born around 2007. Since Duke is a big boy (1800lbs roughly) he needs a LOT of 'groceries' including hay, grass, alfalfa and occasional supplements too. To help put that into perspective, a non-draft horse (Quarter Horse or Arab for example) typically weigh 975-1300lbs depending on their height and build.
Personality: Duke is a great example of a draft horse, he's big, strong, calm, and patient. We think he's dreamy and a great therapist. Although he is big, he's great with kids and adults alike.
Fun facts : When Duke whinnies/calls it makes you smile because it's so soft and gentle from such a big horse.
Breed: Registered Miniature Horse.
Background: Magnus was born in Dysart, Iowa in May 2021 (yes, he's still a baby). His coloring is called Sorrel Pinto and currently, he's still a stallion but will be a gelding when the time comes. In December 2021 Magnus was transferred by mini horse guru Tori Shauger, to New Mexico where she worked with him until we were able to drive to Northern New Mexico to pick him up. He arrived at Medicine Horse in February 2022 just as a massive blizzard was beginning.
Personality: Magnus is very young so he's getting lots of gentle handling and training to help him learn. He's very curious and walks up to greet everyone he meets. Although he's not yet a full time therapist, he's taken to the work like a duck to water.
Fun Fact: Magnus loves hanging out with the mini donkeys. So much so, that he prefers to be with them in their enclosure.