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Betterment of Horses and Humans Alike

Posted on: May 23rd, 2019

We are pleased to partner with the Temple Grandin Equine Center at CSU, which is currently hosting equine-assisted activities and therapies at the National Western Complex in Denver. The plan is to bring these programs to the new CSU Animal Health Complex once completed in the National Western Center over the next few years.

CSU’s initiative of the Temple Grandin Equine Center was created for “the betterment of horses and humans alike.” This mission is fulfilled by building programs that accomplish five core objectives:

· A place where individuals with special challenges can heal

· A place where therapists can treat

· A place where students can learn

· A place where scientists can research

· A place where horses can be studied, cared for, and advanced

“Bringing the healing power of horses to the Denver metro area is an amazing opportunity for so many audiences of the community,” said Adam Daurio (pictured above), director of the Temple Grandin Equine Center. “The equine-assisted activities and therapies implemented at the National Western Center will include programs for traditional school-aged children, youth in high-risk situations, opportunities for youth seeking volunteer experience, programming for the senior/elder population, and therapies for individuals with physical, cognitive, and intellectual disabilities.”

What attracted Zoology Foundation to become involved? The fact that part of this huge collaboration includes The Dumb Friends League Harmony Equine Center, which is a private rehabilitation and adoption facility for abused and neglected horses, ponies, donkeys and mules that have been removed from their owners by law enforcement authorities. Harmony also serves as a central hub where horses from rescue groups can receive training and rehoming.

Harmony assesses each horse and identifies those that have “good behaviors” and suitable for additional care and training. These horses are transferred to Temple Grandin Equine Center, where they are assigned to Equine Sciences students for one semester. Once there, they receive care and training from students with the goal of preparing the horse to be appropriate for adoption into Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies. Long story short, if the horse is not cut out to be a therapy horse after a semester or two of training, they are sent back to Harmony Equine Center, now with more training, which makes them much more adoptable for private individuals or families.

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