HORSES MAKE MIRACLES FOUNDATION INC

Horses do make miracles

Longmont, CO   |  www.horsesmakemiracles.org

Mission

To encourage development of emotional, physical, mental and cognitive abilities promoting independence for participants of all ages through Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies, teaching of horsemanship, community involvement and continuing education in a safe atmosphere guided by certified professionals.

Ruling year info

2004

President / CEO

Linda Raulino

Main address

12271 Mineral Road

Longmont, CO 80504 USA

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EIN

20-0793225

NTEE code info

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

Professional Societies & Associations (F03)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Horses Make Miracles goals and objectives are to provide equine assisted activities and therapy to individuals of all ages who live with a wide range of physical disabilities, mental health issues as well as emotional and cognitive special needs in a high quality, safe and professionally operated therapeutic riding center.

Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy is widely recognized today as a highly effective therapeutic technique for participants of all ages. Studies have proven that Therapeutic Riding greatly enhances and even surpasses the benefits of traditional physical and behavioral therapy for many conditions.

Horses Make Miracles has an existing professional operating plan, a variety of successful programs as well as an internship and certification program incorporating ethical training experiences in association with PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship).

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy

Participants of all ages develop unique bonds with their equine partners and learn how to “listen to” horses, whether riding or developing horsemanship skills on the ground. Our lessons include aspects of care, grooming, riding and fun activities to realize individual lesson plans to reach rider’s goals and full potential. Classes focus on the positive to boost self-confidence and comfort with many activities based upon skill levels. Participants will learn equine behavior, horse terminology and build a connected relationship with their equine partner.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Adults

Clients address their authentic selves by meeting and working with the horses un-mounted in group classes or in one-on-one private sessions facilitated by a licensed and certified psychotherapist. The horses mirror and reflect their true goodness which is a powerful experience having that reflected back onto oneself. The horses; being non-judgmental and honest partners help clients learn about leadership, empathy, creating healthy boundaries, creativity, contact, connection, and relationships in a safe, nurturing and non-threatening way.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Many of our returning vets experience PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) which can be very isolating. The horse’s non-judgmental and sensitivity to body language help our participants realize awareness of feelings and emotions with non-verbal cues. Learning to trust a horse and work through the therapeutic activities, veterans can put aside the focus of their anxiety, mental illness or disability and direct attention to caring interactions.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Participants who are typically between the ages of 8-17 will develop horsemanship skills in a safe, educational and fun atmosphere. They learn leadership, communication, mutual respect and trust with their equine partner and build self-awareness and confidence. Pairing two kids with one horse emphasizes team work with peers and problem solving.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our newest program, Silver Stirrups, engages Seniors of all abilities in equine assisted activities, at no cost to the participants. Our wise (and senior!) therapy horses offer connection and learning and fun in a serene outdoor setting. We customize each session to best support our participants. Activities can be learning more about horses, doing some hands-on tasks such as grooming, connecting with a soft voice and touch, or quietly observing.

The Silver Stirrups program differs from other equine-assisted activities for seniors in that there is no riding involved. This allows for more intimate one-on-one interactions with the horses, the other participants, and the facilitators. This also provides broader access for seniors who are mobility limited, such as those using walkers or wheelchairs.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Caregivers

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) Instructor Certification 1995

EQUUS Foundation 2019

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We are a 501c3 non-profit charity is based in Boulder County, Colorado and strive to encourage the goals and objectives for our participants, interns and volunteers and provide high quality Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy programs. Our Certified Instructors and Licensed Therapists offer specialized classes for individuals of all ages with emotional, physical, cognitive and mental challenges. The challenges of our clients include, but are not limited to: autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delays, sensory integration disorders, down syndrome, traumatic brain injuries, paraplegia, learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis, stroke, mental health issues and behavioral challenges. We also support mentoring, life coaching and counseling programs that incorporate other equine therapeutic techniques.

Life changing progress from guided interaction with horses improves communication skills, self-esteem, self-awareness as well as confidence and problem-solving abilities.
Originally founded in 2002 to facilitate healing for individuals with traumatic brain injuries, we reorganized in 2013 and are dedicated to equine assisted therapy programs.

These programs facilitate emotional and physical changes in children, adolescents and adults from a wide range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds; many having tried other traditional therapies without success. Annually, 140-180 clients are served and benefit from our weekly horsemanship lesson programs, workshops and group classes.

It has always been a priority of management, the board of directors and members of Horses Make Miracles to be continually involved with other organizations. Over the past several years, with management’s guidance we have coordinated with three local equine assisted therapy centers successfully assisting them with mentoring, consulting and volunteer training. Many of our members attended and two of our board members spearheaded a fundraiser and volunteered at an open house for a local equine assisted psychotherapy non-profit center in the process of reorganization. Educational exchanges with area businesses in the equine field as well as local clinical therapy offices has always been ongoing and outreach into the community is a given. We receive referrals, continuing education and staff involvement with the Boulder County and State of Colorado Autism Societies as well as the National Association on Disabilities. Our Certified Instructor has contracted with two local centers who provide recreational and therapeutic services for their participants with disabilities, autism and traumatic brain injuries. For many years our Instructor and Therapist (being local) have contracted and provided equine assisted therapeutic services with many private and local government organizations who are based right in Boulder County. We have collaborated with a local equine business who raised funds to enable us to offer scholarships to children under the age of eighteen who would love to take riding lessons but whose parents cannot afford it. Our therapist also runs the Embodied Presence workshops several times a year which is in collaboration with a Boulder County program for women who have been physically and sexually abused. We offer continual support and in-kind donations to the local horse rescue as well as a non-profit farm outside of Denver who provide animal therapy to at-risk children from the city to give them opportunities to be hands-on with livestock and learn farming. The Volunteer Connection is also a partner of ours and has matched many prospective volunteers with our programs for the Barn Team experience learning horse care as well as Teaching Assistants to help participants in our therapeutic riding and horsemanship programs.

Horses Make Miracles does indeed make miracles in so many ways we’ve witnessed. We’re proud to have created an atmosphere that welcomes diversity and values the many cultures in the communities we serve. Our Instructors, Coach and Therapist are certified and licensed professionals and are more than qualified to create lesson plans, workshops and programs but it’s the horses who mirror us humans and respect the advantages of our differences. In any program, it’s the horses who make our participants and volunteers feel included and valued. They are non-judgmental and gentle spiritual beings and the continual progress to all who they encounter we like to call magic moments. Our programs speak for themselves and are very diverse in providing a therapeutic healing space for all who step into our barn and paddocks. The high quality of being able to serve our clients in a safe and encouraging atmosphere covers a huge range of subjects. Our Administrator has always said that “Whatever it is a person needs, the horse will provide it”. We see that happen again and again.

Originally founded in 2004, Horses Make Miracles started out providing therapy for individuals suffering from traumatic brain injury in a clinical setting. The original founder realized the positive impact of equine assisted therapy with her clients and began working toward PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) certification. After she joined our internship program and became a certified instructor, we formed a lasting relationship with the goal of creating a variety of equine assisted therapeutic programs serving all populations that are designed specifically for each individual. The current manager has worked to create new programs, streamline operating systems and implement volunteer coordinating and fundraising since taking the proverbial reins in October of 2013 and beginning programs in the spring of 2014. Along with specialized programs, we provide weekly horsemanship and therapeutic riding lessons, Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, Life Coaching as well as our “Hooves of Pride” program for veterans dealing with emotional and physical challenges upon returning to civilian life. Our Silver Stirrups program focuses on improving the lives of seniors specifically those folks living with dementia and Alzheimer’s. Specialty workshops include “Pony Power”, “Embodied Presence” and “Women with Wings”. Each year we’ve increased participation considerably including group therapy sessions and private lessons. Dedicated volunteers help with training, horse care, farm maintenance, administrative duties and assist the instructor and therapist during classes to ensure a safe environment. Horses Make Miracles strives to continue our programs and ensure the health and welfare of our therapy horses. Our future plans focus on financial stability, creating a strategic plan, expanding programs to accommodate more participants on scholarship and providing the best care for the health and welfare of our priceless therapy horses.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Testimonials,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Improvements in communication with board members and volunteers.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HORSES MAKE MIRACLES FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 10/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Linda Raulino

Horses Make Miracles

Term: 2013 - 2023

Tyra Shearn

Horses Make Miracles

Sheri English

Horses Make Miracles

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/09/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/09/2020

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.