The Healing Power of Horses

Littleton, CO   |

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EIN: 26-3916353


To improve the lives of humans through the immeasurable power of horses.

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Chair, Board of Directors

Ms. Christine Dianne Remy

Main address

5200 West Coal Mine Avenue

Littleton, CO 80123 USA

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Subject area info

Human-animal interactions




Adaptive sports

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Population served info

Children and youth


People with disabilities


NTEE code info

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

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

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The Right Step, Inc. brings the world of

Our programs

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

Adaptive Riding

We teach basic horsemanship and riding skills to people with disabilities aged four through adult.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

We teach ground-based horsemanship skills to our clients with disabilities, veterans, and assistive living residents aged four through adult.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Children and youth

Where we work


Premier Center 2013

PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

To Better the Lives of People With Disabilities Through the Healing Power of Horses.

Therapeutic riding provides many benefits to people with disabilities. At the most basic level, it is an accessible form of outdoor recreation. Research shows that equine-assisted learning has physical, emotional and cognitive benefits for participants.

Horseback riding rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, so riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.

The Right Step has been providing therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities since 2008 for children and adults with physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities, though the majority of our clients are on the Autism Spectrum. The Right Step is a PATH International Premier Accredited Center. As a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center We Offer private and group lessons with PATH Certified instructors teaching each lesson, assisted by 3-4 trained volunteers to support each client during lessons.

The Right Step also has a Ground Based Program which offers a fun way to learn horsemanship for people of all ages with special needs! Activities are tailored to age and ability.

Clients will:
• Groom a horse.
• Identify parts of a horse and tack.
• Learn what a horse is saying with its ears, tail, eyes and body.
• Learn how much a horse weighs.
• Learn what it takes to care for a horse.
• Learn what a horse eats.
• Talk to a farrier, trainer, veterinarian, and dentist.
• And much more.

We host bi-annual horse shows for lead line and independent riders. This gives our clients opportunities to showcase new skills and mark their accomplishments.

As a Premier Center, professional staff and volunteers work closely with riders to ensure safe riding sessions. A new rider is generally assisted by at least two side walkers who walk alongside the horse, as well as a horse leader. Riding classes are taught by instructors who have strong equine backgrounds, and understand various disabilities.

The Right Step currently stables four horses.

The Right Step is committed to providing the healing power of horses to all who would benefit. Our goal is to never turn away a client because of an inability to pay. As a non-profit organization, we are able to fulfill this goal through donations to our scholarship fund. Scholarships are awarded based strictly on need.

Participants discover new skills, develop supportive relationships with staff and horses and find respite
from the daily challenges that has become part of their changed lives. Qualified staff selects a horse for each rider from specialized mounts. ranging from ponies to retired champions and each brings their unique insight to the riding experience. Riders of all abilities are accommodated. The Right Step team assists with mounting, balance, stretching, strength building, communication and riding instructions with exceptional attention to safety throughout each riding experience. The fun, well it comes naturally.

How we listen

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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 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Liquidity in 2022 info

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Average of 7.01 over 7 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

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Average of 2.2 over 7 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 2% over 7 years

Funding sources info

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Assets & liabilities info

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Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

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This snapshot of THE RIGHT STEP, INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $64,895 -$32,281
As % of expenses 34.2% -15.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $64,895 -$32,281
As % of expenses 34.2% -15.3%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $254,625 $179,153
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -29.6%
Program services revenue 34.8% 46.8%
Membership dues 0.1% 0.2%
Investment income 0.0% 0.1%
Government grants 5.5% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 59.4% 53.0%
Other revenue 0.1% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $189,730 $211,515
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 11.5%
Personnel 39.6% 42.5%
Professional fees 3.4% 2.5%
Occupancy 28.3% 28.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 28.7% 26.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $189,730 $211,515
One month of savings $15,811 $17,626
Debt principal payment $7,000 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $4,000
Total full costs (estimated) $212,541 $233,141

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2021 2022
Months of cash 9.5 5.8
Months of cash and investments 10.7 6.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 10.9 7.7
Balance sheet composition info 2021 2022
Cash $149,876 $101,984
Investments $19,700 $19,700
Receivables $7,235 $10,505
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $8,000 $12,000
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 6.5% 2.5%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $0
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0
Total net assets $179,998 $147,717

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2021 2022
Material data errors No No


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

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Chair, Board of Directors

Ms. Christine Dianne Remy

Christine has been with The Right Step since our inception, starting as a lesson volunteer and gradually taking on more responsibility which led to chairing the board. She has a background in working with people with disabilities and education. Put that together with her love of horses (she has a horse of her own and has had fun competing as an amateur in the hunter/jumpers) and it's a perfect fit! She has a passion for the work of the organization and loves seeing the growth in each of our clients.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 01/26/2024
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Board chair

Ms. Christine Remy

Jaclyn Manzione

G Thomas Manzione

Elizabeth Palizzi

Christine Dianne Remy

Diane L Evans

Coldwell Banker Realty

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • 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 1/26/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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