Who We Help

Special Needs Community

​The horse’s soothing rhythm, strength, warmth and three-dimensional movement patterns provides healthy exercise while improving circulation and muscle tone and control, balance, and strength of the rider.

Riding also motivates the student with learning disorders to increase their levels of gross and fine motor control, concentration, attention, self-awareness, self-confidence and patience.

Autism and Horses

Autistic students often have difficulty comprehending normal directions. By engaging in equine therapy, your child follows directions through a fun activity that makes taking direction easier to grasp and remember. He will also give the horse direction, which provides more opportunities to communicate. Your child is naturally motivated to move; thus, he is excited and motivated to engage with others. During his therapy his cognitive concepts will naturally improve. For example, equine therapists have students throw colored balls into baskets while riding, touch their eyes, mouth, and ears during a song, and identify scenes—all incorporated during riding.

Home School Community

Therapeutic horseback riding is considered recreational therapy. Colorado HorsePower’s instructors are PATH certified (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship). Our certified instructors teach how to actively control a horse while riding. Horseback riding improves sensory and motor skills for coordination, balance, and posture. Our program helps people who are struggling with ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Depression, MS, as well as individuals struggling with adoption or in foster care, have emotional or physical trauma history.

Home school parents looking for activities for their students will find our program a great fit for their family. We have weekday lessons available for your students.

Horse Therapy for the Adoption Community

​Individuals struggling with adoption, foster care, or have emotional or physical trauma history can begin healing through the unique relationship built between horse and rider. This new bond between horse and rider helps to overcome fears and develop trust in the therapeutic team and themselves.

Types of Classes

Therapeutic riding is an equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs. Therapeutic riding offers the amazing physical, social and emotional benefits from working with and around horses. Did you know that the movement of a horse’s pelvis at the walk is exceedingly similar to a human’s pelvis at the walk? The student can experience the stretching and strengthening of muscles used in walking by simply riding a horse at the walk. Students can work on social skills while interacting with their horse, fellow riders and volunteers. They may also develop a strong emotional bond with their horse, which for many students is a powerful experience.

HorsePower offers both group lessons and private.

Group Lessons

In group lessons, 2-4 students begin with stretching while riding at a walk. During this time the horses are being led by a volunteer. Everything we do is with great enthusiasm and over the top gestures to keep their attention and lower any stress that the student might be bringing into the arena with them. After stretching, we review previous skills and introduce and practice a new skill. A game is created with the new skill in mind and everyone gets involved! We use props and toys in our games to make it fun and interesting for the students as well as the volunteers! If time permits, we will take the students on a short trail ride around the ranch. This is great for the students. They can view cattle grazing in the pastures, horses running around in the fields, hawks swooping among the trees. Students get to hear many new sounds they don’t normally hear while living in town. Upon returning from the trail ride we do a quick review of the new skill and discuss what they will be learning at the next lesson.

Private Lessons

With private lessons, we teach the student many things about the horse. Students learn how to halter a horse, lead a horse safely, brush and saddle their horse. This approach is structured so the student can learn sequencing in a fun way. They also learn new terminology and techniques. When brushing and tacking a horse, students work on large and fine motor skills. This can be challenging for some individuals at first but is ultimately extremely rewarding. We also have a clock on the wall in front of the hitching post to help the student learn time management and practice telling time!

Once the horse is ready to ride we head into the arena. There we have the student practice leading their horse, turning, stopping and backing. Everything they learn on the ground is translated once they are up on their horse. Then the lesson is tailored to the student’s individual goal. After stretching we will review previous skills, teach a new skill, practice that new skill in a game with that new skill in mind. If possible, we will go on a short trail ride then conclude with the student helping to untack the horse before their lesson is done. It’s a very busy, fun 1-hour lesson!

Schedules

Mini Holiday 2018

(6 Weeks)

Week 1 – Week of November 4
Week 2 – Week of November 11
Week 3 – Week of November 25
Week 4 – Week of December 2
Week 5 – Week of December 9
Week 6 – Week of December 16

Winter 2019

(9 Weeks)

Week 1 – Week of January 6
Week 2 – Week of January 13
Week 3 – Week of January 20
Week 4 – Week of January 27
Week 5 – Week of February 3
Week 6 – Week of February 10
Week 7 – Week of February 17
Week 8 – Week of February 24
Week 9 – Week of March 3

Spring 2019

(9 Weeks)

Week 1 – Week of March 24
Week 2 – Week of March 31
Week 3 – Week of April 7
Week 4 – Week of April 14
Week 5 – Week of April 21
Week 6 – Week of April 28
Week 7 – Week of May 5
Week 8 – Week of May 12
Week 9 – Week of May 19

Summer 2019

(9 Weeks)

Week 1 – Week of June 9
Week 2 – Week of June 16
Week 3 – Week of June 23
Week 4 – Week of July 7
Week 5 – Week of July 14
Week 6 – Week of July 21
Week 7 – Week of July 28
Week 8 – Week of August 4
Week 9 – Week of August 11

Fall 2019

(9 Weeks)

Week 1 – Week of September 8
Week 2 – Week of September 15
Week 3 – Week of September 22
Week 4 – Week of September 29
Week 5 – Week of October 6
Week 6 – Week of October 13
Week 7 – Week of October 20
Week 8 – Week of October 27
Week 9 – Week of November 3

Mini Holiday 2019

(5 Weeks)

Week 1 – Week of November 10
Week 2 – Week of November 17
Week 3 – Week of December 1
Week 4 – Week of December 8
Week 5 – Week of December 15

Contact Us

Colorado HorsePower, Inc.
PO Box 534
5027 Garton Rd
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Driving Directions

Email: info@coloradohorsepower.org

Phone: (303) 594-1509

Community Volunteers: 
Schools and Civic Organizations – (303) 594-1509 - Tricia Plattner
Other – (303) 887-6070 - Mark Renn

Upcoming Events

  1. HorsePower Easter Egg Hunt

    April 20, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 11:00 am MDT
  2. Kentucky Derby Party

    May 4, 2019
  3. Denim and Diamonds 10th Annual Gala

    September 14, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm MDT