Founded in 2010 as Promise Ranch Therapeutic Riding, the organization originally had the purpose of providing equine-assisted activities for children and adults with disabilities. Because the gait of the horse mimics the natural gait of the human walk, horse-mounted therapies are effective for treating neurological and developmental conditions.
Through the years, the broader social-emotional-cognitive benefits of equine-assisted therapies have been validated and the demand for these services has increased. In response to community demand, Promise Ranch began offering multi-disciplinary services in 2020. In February 2021, the organization changed its name to Promise Ranch Therapies & Recreation, a name which more accurately reflects our expanded programming and plans to further grow. We are now working on a merger with Praying Hands Ranch and will soon have a new name to represent our partnership.
We serve over 100 participants each week, and we partner with 20 wonderful therapy horses who help to make our program possible.
Not only does Promise Ranch promote the social, emotional and physical well-being of participants, the organization also fulfills a desire for community members to give back through our volunteer program. We have over 150 active volunteers, donating over 1160 hours monthly, helping with horses in therapy sessions, barn chores, or facility improvements.
Since 2010, PRTR has grown significantly. This year, moved from our beloved property in Castle Rock to a larger facility in Parker where we have partnered with Praying Hands Ranch to better serve our clients. We love our new space and our new friends.
Fast facts and where your donation goes:
80% of our clientele has an intellectual or developmental disability
20% of our clientele comes to the Ranch to work on mental wellness and emotional healing
We provide sliding scale fees and scholarships to those unable to afford the cost of therapy.
$150 will provide one therapy session for one client
The yearly cost to care for just one therapy horse is $6,900
$520 provides an 8 week session of adaptive riding for one client
$3,000 provides monthly hay for our herd
$125 provides one bale of hay - one day's worth!
$145 provides monthly grain for one horse
$200 provides monthly shoes for one horse
$50 pays for a hoof trim for one horse