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Dream Catcher Therapy Center

Dream Catcher provides animal assisted services using the horse as a tool to address impairments, functional limitations, cognitive delays, mental health concerns and relationship building with our clients and their families. We specialize in kids, youth at risk, Veterans and familes.

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Parenting Classes

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Crime/Abuse Victims
Families
Females
Single Parents

Description

Providing parenting classes that will help parents understand how their action case a reaction in the family dynamic.

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Silver Linings

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Animals
Disabled
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities

Description

Silver Linings is a new program designed to assist seniors and families coping with Dementia and the early stages of Alzheimer's disease as well as seniors living with physical impairments. Couples can participate together or as individuals in a unique program that harnesses the healing power of older horses, along with a skilled therapist to improve the quality of their lives. Recent studies have shown tremendous promise and we hope to help pioneer this program in Colorado. This will give older horses and older humans a chance at friendship, companionship, understanding, purpose, connection and healing. Caregivers or spouses can either participate with their loved one or they can take some time to sit under our giant willow tree, relax in the shade, enjoy some iced tea and read a good book in a peaceful relaxing setting. Your donations will help us to launch this program in 2018.

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Evidence of Program's Success

People who have never been around horses may not realize how therapeutic they can be. Just the act of caring for a horse or even a short ride - even if it's just a few minutes - can provide so much physical, mental and emotional healing. Programs like this one are helping seniors find purpose, recall fond memories, create new memories and friends, develop strength and balance, and learn to cope with their physical impairments.

Mental Services for Veterans

Class

Animal-Related 

Beneficiaries

Animals
Military
Veterans

Description

This state of the art therapy program will pair qualified Veterans recovering from the traumas of war with wild Mustangs that have been ripped away from their homes and families. Many of these amazing wild horses have ancestors that were used during WWI as valuable partners to our troops in Europe. Together they will train with world class trainers and therapists, bonding, learning to trust each other and learning to work together, building confidence and life skills. This project will launch when and only when we are able to build an indoor riding arena and suitable pens and housing for wild mustangs. Donating to this project will help us create a world class therapy program for our veterans from Colorado returning home tattered and torn from war.

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Evidence of Program's Success

As the vets begin to calm their horses, their spirits begin to calm as well. The animals have been through pretty traumatic experiences as have Veterans suffering with PTSD. Many Veterans have tried traditional therapy and medications with limited success. That's why so many Veterans are finding success with equine therapy. It helps them to find their confidence again, helps them to learn to relax, and teaches them to overcome their fears as they help their horse do the same. Many Veterans have experienced better relationship, life and communication skills after completing these types of programs.

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