CSTRC believes in the abilities of our special needs riders, through the extraordinary relationship with a horse, in our equine-assisted programs. Even amid the challenges our riders face-physical, emotional and/or mental-this experience offers them new opportunities in life. This is the Ultimate Horse Power!
Our mission is the foundation of our dedication to our riders, volunteers, staff and horses. Our equine assisted therapy allows our riders to break free from their crutches, wheelchairs and disabilities and experience the freedom and joy that being on their therapy horses gives to them. With our individual instruction they are enriched, encouraged, and gain cognitive and physical stability and a sense of “I did it!”
Volunteers ages 14+; office supplies-printer paper, envelopes, etc.; manure and leaf rakes; horse brushes; curry combs; horse tack; assorted balls; wood puzzles; Rubbermaid wheelbarrows.
A horses gait is the closest simulation to a humans gait; a wheelchair bound rider will feel the same motion as walking. Our programs helped over 300 riders in 2021.
“As a parent and volunteer at Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center I have witnessed the miracle of healing between a special needs child and a horse.” — Jane Vlatch-mother of a special needs riders at CSTRC