Announcing our new Mission, Vision, and Values

This first quarter of 2019, the Board of Directors at Medicine Horse have been working on refreshing our logo, mission, vision, and values. We wish to reflect the change and forward movement that has taken place in the last two years, and to support us in the growth we have planned for the future.

If you have visited Medicine Horse within the last year, you will notice visible changes and improvements around the property as a result of our dedicated board, passionate staff, and hard-working volunteers. There have been internal shifts too as the board has knuckled down to establish what we really want to achieve in terms of service to the community. Our intention is to increase our reach and community impact in meaningful and measurable ways this next couple of years. While changing our logo and mission statement alone won't achieve this, refreshing these elements does represent the continued improvements and growth we have envisioned.

As of May 1st, 2019, our revised Mission, Vision, and Values will be:

Our Mission

We save lives. Healing through the empathic power of the horse.

Vision Statement

A more connected and compassionate community.

Core Values

To heal through connection:

At Medicine Horse, we believe that healing happens through relationship, and relationship begins with connection — to ourselves, our surroundings and others. The horses offer us a safe, forgiving, and non-judgmental place to experience the healing connection of relationship.

To transform:

At Medicine Horse, we believe that horses hold an ability to transform human lives for the better. When we listen, horses teach us to ground, to be present, and to connect. Working with our horses and therapists can lead to great personal insight and understanding.

To respect and honor the horse:

At Medicine Horse, we respect and honor the wisdom of the horse. We demonstrate this by making session interactions voluntary for our horses, and listening to and responding to their individual needs and requests.

To serve:

We serve diverse populations respecting the dignity and value of each individual.

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Medicine Horse is proud to have earned the EQUUS guardian status. The purpose of the Guardians program is to encourage equine organizations to be transparent and accountable to the public through the disclosure of their equine care and use practices and to reward equine organizations that are operating at the highest standards for horse care and use.


Medicine Horse is a 501c(3) non-profit organization, based in Boulder, Colorado, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of adolescents, adults and families through unique equine-assisted experiences. We provide group and individual therapy sessions that focus on healing.

Our services aim to 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. In addition to offering programs for at-risk youth, Medicine Horse also provides individual, family, and group therapy for many populations and needs. Our talented group of therapists offer services for LGBTQ people, veterans, grief groups, eating disorders, people who have experienced trauma, and more.

Medicine Horse thrives with the help of a dedicated staff, board of directors and numerous enthusiastic volunteers. Contact us about participating in our therapy programs or becoming a volunteer!

We say a horse is like a mirror, reflecting our thoughts and feelings. If we’re happy, or we’re scared, they sense it. While this reflection is certainly true, a horse can be much more than a mirror. A horse often shows me what I do not see. Working with horses, they can offer us a picture of our true nature, revealing characteristics and qualities in us that we didn’t even realize existed.
— Karolyn A. Gazella, former ED of Medicine Horse