Denver’s Urban Youth Find Healing Through Horses

In their latest video release, Hope in the Saddle profiles the Equine Partnership Program, a Colorado State University Temple Grandin Equine Center provider.

 Through the support of Nutrena and Tractor Supply Company, Hope in the Saddle—an Equine Network digital program dedicated to telling stories of human healing through horses—recently released a video profiling the Equine Partnership Program, a Colorado State University Temple Grandin Equine Center (TGEC) provider that offers equine-assisted psychotherapy to students from Denver Public Schools (DPS) with cognitive disabilities and affective needs.

The Equine Partnership Program offers this particular course through TGEC, a multifaceted organization devoted to understanding, supporting, and promoting equine-assisted activities and therapies through research, education, vocational training, and much more.

Located at TGEC’s Denver site, at the historic National Western Complex, the program offers a therapeutic equine experience to urban students—some of whom have never interacted with a horse before. Many of the students have suffered trauma, neglect, and abuse at the hands of people, and Equine Partnership Program founder Lee Dudley credits horses with helping those students shed the armor they’ve developed.

“We are…smack dab in the middle of Denver, which has allowed us to access a whole bunch of kids that would never be able to experience this kind of therapy,” says Dudley. “…If we can actually bring them out to an arena with the horses and let them really do the work that they can do, that’s where equine-assisted psychotherapy is so much different and so much more effective than anything else we can do.”

Will Crookston, specialist support partner for DPS, adds, “I’ve never seen something that has had such an immediate impact on so many students. By working through horses, many of them are applying these lessons to the horses and then able to take those learnings outside of the arena.”

Shining the spotlight on a largely underserved population was important to Hope in the Saddle program manager Lauren Feldman.

“Some of these kids come from pretty awful situations, but you’d never know it watching them with the horses,” she says. “It’s difficult to reconcile their stories with the smiling, confident kids I witnessed. The goal of this video—as with all the content we create and share—is to highlight just how incredibly powerful the healing power of horses can be.”

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