One of the most impactful stories of how horses can reach through to children in times of severe depression is the story of Matt and Jubee. Matt had just turned 16. Tall and lanky with dirty blonde hair (and the hint of facial hair that he was exceedingly proud of), Matt was your average teenage […]
Emily has been riding horses off and on since she was five years old. Now 25, Emily joins Therapeutic Riding Instructor Ciana Dodgion for weekly sessions on her favorite horse, Sparky. Diagnosed with autism, anxiety, and OCD, Emily is a very motivated rider and does her best when expectations are clearly outlined. Her favorite activity […]
We are blown away by the support of our community. From 2014 to 2015, we saw a 123% increase in donations from individual donors and together, we raised $38,000 to help offset the costs for 600 equine-assisted therapy sessions. From year to year, one strategic goal always remains constant: Expand programming to ensure anyone who […]
Jack was only six when his parents died in a tragic accident, leaving him in the care of the grandparents he had never met. Children react to trauma in a variety of ways—regression, aggression, and withdrawal.
For anyone familiar with show jumping’s top horses, you’ve probably heard of Wibero H. Owned by the Jornayvaz family, Wibero has been a top contender for the past eight years in the 1.2 – 1.4 metre jumper classes. Winning from Kentucky to California, Wibero amassed not only an impressive collection of ribbons, but also a […]
Nugget is the newest rescue at EPP. The golden pony was abandoned at the Draft Horse auction in Northern Colorado a couple months ago. At barely a year old, we can’t imagine how terrified this poor pony was to be loaded on a giant stock trailer with a bunch of massive draft horses and shuttled […]
The horse show world has often been compared to beauty pageants. The amount of effort required to keep a horse groomed to perfection– clipped, clean, shiny, and sound– is immense. That’s why meeting a top show horse can often feel like meeting a famous athlete or super model. Just being in their presence feels special. […]
In 1990, I went to the Fort Collins livestock auction with the intention of buying a goat. As I sat in the audience watching the sale of cattle and other livestock, an emaciated, tall, black thoroughbred horse was led into the ring. My heart went out to him as he was weighed and bid on […]