Colorado Ranchito is set in the Black Forest area of Elizabeth, Colorado. All classes are private.
After many years of working with individuals with disabilities, we have found some issues that were important and were not being used to their full advantage. First off, caregivers are very important. Rather than whisk students away from their caregiver into the hands of volunteers who change weekly, we ask the caregiver to join us. Many of our clients do not like change and having the consistency of knowing their caregiver will be assisting in class reduces anxiety and speeds up results.
Also, most of our clients, if given the choice, want to ride outside. So all of our classes are outside, many times outside of the arena on trails in the forest. There is such a peace to this and opportunities for learning about nature present themselves constantly.
Our Lead Instructor
Jamilyn Anthony is a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor through Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship. She has been teaching classes to individuals with disabilities for over 10 years. She has been a horse lover ever since she was young. She was in Westernaires and then bought her own horse for trail riding and an occasional gymkhana. She reconnected with horses when her daughter was a volunteer at a Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center in 2006. She was immediately hooked and began volunteering there too. Shortly thereafter, she became an instructor. She is continually studying and learning new and better ways of working with her clients in partnership with the horse.
Classes consist of a combination of grooming, ground work, teaching horse etiquette, safety, care of the horse, the importance of calmly interacting with the horse and horseback riding. When a client starts, together with family if appropriate, we will determine measurable goals for the next 7-8 weeks. Every class there will be work towards 1 or more of these goals, and notes will be made regarding progress every week. At the end of 7-8 weeks term, we will review and renew goals based on progress