Medicine Horse Program

A nonprofit organization

$10,632 raised by 81 donors

44% complete

$24,000 Goal

This year, during Colorado Gives Day, Medicine Horse gathers money to provide free-of-cost individual therapy for our clients. 

  • According to the Mental Health America 2022 Survey, 55.50% / 570,000 adults in Colorado with a mental illness received no treatment. 
  • 34.20% / 353,000 adults with a mental illness in Colorado reported that they were not able to receive the treatment they needed. 
  • Most adults who reported an unmet need for treatment indicated that they did not receive care because they could not afford it. 
  • 17.20% / 40,000 youth in Colorado have private insurance that did not cover mental or emotional problems. 
  • 45% of LGBTQ+ youth that is experiencing depression or anxiety indicated they couldn't afford mental health care.*

That's why this year, our goal is to gather $24K that will allow us to provide 25 scholarships for individual therapy sessions. 

*2022 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health Colorado / The Trevor Project


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

Background Statement

Our mission at Medicine Horse is to save lives and promote healing through the empathic power of horses. Equine-facilitated psychotherapy and learning (EFP and EFL) has become renowned for its effectiveness as an augmentation or alternative to traditional therapies. In 2000, Medicine Horse, a mental health organization located on a small dairy farm in Boulder County, utilized animal-assisted therapy to help at-risk youth. By working with horses, therapists were able to achieve unprecedented levels of therapeutic intervention, bringing hope and healing to those who needed it most.

Now, EFP is a proven therapeutic approach involving horses and a licensed therapist to conduct experiential activities. Studies show that it reduces anxiety and depression and improves self-esteem, communication, and overall well-being.

Over the past 22 years, Medicine Horse has grown and improved, expanding its ability to serve a diverse population through various programs. These programs include consistent group sessions for veterans, women affected by breast cancer, LGBTQ+ youth, LatinX youth, families, individuals experiencing grief, and teens in substance abuse recovery. The organization proudly offers these programs at no cost to participants, as affordable mental health care is essential.

Medicine Horse continued to offer individual therapy during the pandemic by operating outdoors in nature, thus adhering to social distancing guidelines.

In 2022, we moved to a larger facility in East Boulder County, located precisely on the county line of Boulder and Weld. That year, our signature programs, partnerships, and individual therapies provided 2266 Equine Facilitated Therapy and Learning hours.

In 2023, Medicine Horse introduced a new corporate offer to promote team-building, collaboration, conflict management, and problem-solving while preventing burnout. Our unique program involves equine-assisted exercises led by experienced facilitators amidst the stunning beauty of nature and mountain views. What sets Medicine Horse apart from other team-building programs is that our corporate programs also support our free mental health programs. When corporations work with us, they are not only investing in their team but also the community.

Thanks to our therapists, a solid clinical intern program, animals, and facilities that can now accommodate larger groups and year-long programming, the organization is well-prepared to take the next step forward to service more of our community. The organization is committed to continuously defining what constitutes a quality equine program regarding equine care and the outcomes for the humans involved.

Organization Data


Organization name

Medicine Horse Program

other names


Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Organization Size

Medium Organization


7663 E. County Line Road North
Longmont, CO 80504

Service areas

Boulder County, CO, US

Weld County, CO, US



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