Medicine Horse Program

Horses Helping Humans

aka Medicine Horse   |   Boulder, CO   |  medicinehorse.org

Mission

We save lives. Healing through the empathic power of the horse

Ruling year info

2001

Executive Director

Natalie Longhini

Main address

9143 Valmont Road Street Address 2

Boulder, CO 80301 USA

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EIN

84-1558664

NTEE code info

Mental Health Association, Multipurpose (F80)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The reliance on mental health services in our culture is increasing. While traditional therapy is beneficial for many individuals, there is often a disconnect where individuals in therapy may feel that they cannot express themselves verbally sufficiently to address the issues in question. It has been found that using horses to assist and facilitate the therapeutic process allows individuals to access feelings, and levels of understanding that traditional therapy cannot.

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?

Operation Be Herd

Veterans Program

Population(s) Served
Veterans

This group is geared toward teens who are struggling with behaviors such as truancy, substance abuse, emotion regulation, and low self-esteem. Equine-assisted psychotherapy activities are utilized to develop communication skills, increase emotional self-awareness, build connections and learn boundary setting. Participants are encouraged to identify feelings and explore positive expression of emotions and needs, develop leadership skills and a sense of appreciation and empathy for themselves and others.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

This group is for participants who are gender non-conforming, transgender, non-binary or are questioning their gender and who also have a disability. This group is open to anyone between the ages of 9 and 18 with a disability and is not exclusive to those on the autism spectrum.

Population(s) Served
Intersex people
People with disabilities

This summer, Medicine Horse Program is excited to offer an eight-week group for LGBTQIA young adults looking to deepen their connection to themselves and others. This group is designed to help participants learn to identify and regulate their emotions and connect to themselves, others, and the world around them. These skills are designed to alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety in addition to creating a deeper community connection.

Population(s) Served
LGBTQ people
Adolescents

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

EQUUS Gardian 2019

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Just Say Whoa

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to the pandemic in 2020 we were unable to hold this group.

Number of children with disabilities served in our summer group

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our partner Imagine! did not hold in-person events in 2020 due to the pandemic. Group in partnership with Imagine!

Number of grants received

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Substance abusers, LGBTQ people, At-risk youth, Low-income people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants counseled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, People with psychosocial disabilities, LGBTQ people, Low-income people, Veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total hours of equine assisted psychotherapy to all participants. * 2020 hours were impacted by the pandemic

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, Adolescents, Substance abusers, LGBTQ people, Veterans

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are agencies/nonprofit partners that we work with to serve a more diverse community such as Rose House, TRU Community, Out Boulder, Boulder Veterans Center and others.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

At Medicine Horse we understand that horses can provide a superior quality to the therapeutic process. Our goal is to make equine assisted psychotherapy and coaching available to diverse populations for free or low-cost.

- Our internship program allows us to provide free or low-cost 1-1 therapy and group sessions
- By partnering with other nonprofit organizations and agencies we can reach more diverse populations
- By soliciting and winning local and regional grants to help us serve special populations
- By building community around our center and garnering local donor support
- By tracking outcomes we can determine efficacy of our offerings

Medicine Horse is located on a property that is 27 acres

- 9 therapy horses, 2 mini horses, 2 mini donkeys and 2 goats
- 4 Fully licensed Psychotherapists/Social Workers, 3 full time interns, 2 practicum students
- 20+ volunteer staff to support horse handling during sessions
- Dedicated spaces on-property where individual and group therapy can occur in nature

In 2019 we moved to a newer, larger facility
With the pandemic in 2020 we did not experience growth as planned but we were able to offer individual sessions via zoom and both individual and group sessions after 'stay at home' mandates were lifted.
We held our first ever VIRTUAL annual bard dance fundraiser in August 2020
We had our second largest Colorado Gives Day (online giving) event in December 2020 (in 12 years of participation)
We kicked off several new partnerships with nonprofit/agencies to serve new communities: Outdoor Afro Colorado, Thorne Nature Experience, Mount Saint Vincent, Grief Support Network and Boulder Veterans Center (part of the VA)
In 2020 we held sessions for women in treatment for addiction, veterans, women with breast cancer and community mindfulness.
We put up 2 shade areas for folks to continue working outdoors in the heat
We have a new Clinical Therapy Supervisor

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,

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, 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?

    Clients have asked for equipment/ramp that will make it easier to get on the back of a horse; we now have a special ramp to accommodate that request.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Medicine Horse Program

Board of directors
as of 2/12/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Julie Lobdell

Medicine Horse

Term: 2019 - 2021


Board co-chair

Mike Franklin

Medicine Horse

Term: 2018 - 2021

Julie Lobdell

Natalie Longhini

Gennaro DeSantis

Nancy Hoopes

Nikki Hodgson

Emily Harkless

Mike Franklin

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/12/2021

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

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/11/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.