Colorado HorsePower's mission is to build physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing through the healing power and strength of horses. Founded in 1984, we have provided equine therapy and horsemanship skills to help individuals facing emotional, mental, and physical challenges in the Denver Metro and Douglas County communities.
HorsePower, Inc. (dba Colorado HorsePower) was founded by Joseph Howard (Castle Rock Civitan Member) as a project for special needs children in the Castle Rock area schools. Through the years, HorsePower expanded its reach to students in the Denver/Metropolitan area (Denver, Douglas, Arapahoe, Jefferson, and El Paso counties). In 2019, we expanded our program to serve the needs of veterans, active military, and first responders.
Like many organizations dealing with the Covid pandemic, in 2020 we adjusted our operations to accommodate the needs of our students and volunteers. We did so by revising class schedules and offering more individual services through our Horsemanship for Heroes program. In 2021 and 2022 we will continue to support our mission through alliances with Wish of a Lifetime and other area organizations such as the Institute for Human Animal Connection at the University of Denver, and the Urban Farm.
We are located at MeadowBrook Farm off Garton Road. The team at MeadowBrook Farm provides day-to-day care and feeding for our herd of horses. Our spacious facility supports outdoor and indoor classes and additional access for area trail rides.
Our goal is to serve as many students as possible while controlling tuition fees and operating costs. As a result, only our part-time trainers are compensated for their time. The rest of our operations are supported by wonderful volunteers, a generous community of donors and sponsors, and our volunteer board.
"Colorado Horsepower is an opportunity for which I am most grateful. I started riding in the Veterans Program with the intent to better myself and recover from personal life problems. Since I've been given the opportunity to ride in the program, Colorado HorsePower has given me the confidence I was lacking and the appreciation of horsemanship. Colorado HorsePower has given me a lifelong skill that I will use for years to come." -- Active Duty Air Force Sergeant, 12 years including Afghanistan Deployment
"Mike has been a student at HorsePower for the last 20-plus years and continues to reap the benefits of increased self-confidence, core strengthening, improved balance and interaction with wonderful horses and dedicated instructors in a stress-free atmosphere." -- Parents of a Long-time Student
"In 2013, when searching for a therapeutic riding program, I found HorsePower by chance. I never anticipated that this would lead to a long-term second home for my daughter Simone and a life-changing relationship. Simone was a child that experienced early childhood trauma. When she first came home to Colorado from China, she had some language and extreme sensory processing issues. She was terrified of dogs. Simone has flourished at HorsePower. She is a lover of horses and all the animals on the ranch. Outside of class, she often talks about the horses she rides such as Molly, Moso, and Jack. Riding at HorsePower under the careful guidance of instructors and volunteers, Simone has gained confidence. Riding has had clinical benefits such as improved coordination and speech. Above all, she has received gift of the joy of riding. I hope that this will translate into many opportunities for her in the future. We are grateful to be a part of the HorsePower family. " -- A Local Physician and Parent
"Our son Christopher has been a rider at Colorado HorsePower for 10 years. He has Fragile X Syndrome, which is the only form of genetic intellectual disability. He also struggles with ADHD, severe anxiety, autism-like symptoms and is nonverbal. So what does horseback riding do for him? A lot! Horseback riding promotes increased mobility, strength, coordination, balance, postural control, communication, and cognition. Horseback riding for Christopher is one of the few activities he loves. He has fun! He has independence. His body and his mind are engaged. He has been known to start getting dressed for horseback riding in the middle of the week! HorsePower not only helps our son but the entire family. As parents we get to sit and be outside in a beautiful part of Colorado and have an hour of watching our child enjoy an activity he loves." -- Parents of a Long-time Student