Horses and humans working together to foster healthier communities.
Medicine Horse Center was formed in the year 2000 by a few like-minded people, who saw the need for an equine assisted therapy center in our community. Since those early days, where a handful of local residents were served, we have grown into a valued organization, serving people with emotional, physical and/or cognitive challenges.
We are headquartered in Mancos with a satellite facility in the neighboring city of Durango. This allows us to serve a larger geographical area in remote/rural areas of Southwest Colorado.
Our clientele is as diverse as the community in which we live. We serve children, youth and adults of all ages in our equine assisted psychotherapy, equine assisted learning and therapeutic riding programs. Many clients seek services because they are survivors of abuse and violence, have PTSD from some form of past trauma, or are facing a life situation too great to take on alone. Therapy with horses provides clients with experiential opportunities to practice healthy life skills in a physically and emotionally safe environment, and allows people to understand self-destructive behaviors and patterns while coping within their current relationships and life situations.
No one is turned away from services because of an inability to pay. We support our programs through grant funding, individual donations, fundraisers and community support through volunteering and in-kind services.
"The changes I saw in the kids were day and night compared to the behaviors they displayed in school."
F. Standifer, M.S.W. (School Social Worker)
"...the staff is compassionate, flexible and knowledgeable."
Chad Novak, Ph.D., (School Counselor)
"MHC...is invaluable for the positive qualities that it brings out in students."
Ellie Rathjie, M.S.W. (School Social Worker)
"Thanks to the Medicine Horse Center, I have gained a confidence I never dreamed I could possess."
Corina (Adult Client)
"The family session was the most empowering experience I have ever been through."
B. Varga (Mother/Daughter Psychotherapy Session)