Our methods:

We accomplish our vision and mission by developing curriculum in partnership with synergistic community programs and through offering equine psychotherapy. Equine psychotherapy is a collaborative effort between a horse, the client, and a therapist which primarily involves experiential ground exercises in a safety-conscious environment where clients learn the rules of horsemanship. During the process of teaching horsemanship, often issues that an individual struggles with present themselves, which provides an opportunity for intervention. Adele and Deborah McCormick, authors of Horse Sense and the Human Heart, have said it best: “We treat the teen’s relationship with the horse as living theater, wherein sooner or later his personal internal dynamics unfold.”

Our focus:

  • To create learning, growth, and skill-building opportunities through the use of horses and other experiential methods
  • To teach life skills as a collaborative team
  • To provide a rich and diverse learning environment


Rocky Mountain Equi-Rhythm: Horses Balancing Hearts

The mission of Rocky Mountain Equi-Rhythm: Horses Balancing Hearts is to use the healing power of the horse-human relationship to assist in imagining, creating, and living lives of purpose, meaning, and achievement. Our vision is to enable people to develop and maintain right relationships with themselves—as body, mind, and spirit—and with their families, nature, and the community.  

Our clients:

Rocky Mountain Equi-Rhythm offers individual, family, and group counseling sessions to those in need in Boulder County and surrounding communities. Additionally, summer horse camps for children are sponsored by RMER as we believe that all children can benefit from working with horses. Details are provided under Our Programs. The focus for summer horse camps is on the equestrian tradition of riding and working with horses in combination with experiential exercises with a therapeutic focus on the human/equine relationship. RMER horse camps are available to all children in Boulder County and the surrounding communities.

Changes afoot: A Letter from Caroline

Dear Rocky Mountain Equi-Rhythm Supporters:

After nineteen years at the helm of Rocky Mountain Equi-Rhythm: Horses Balancing Hearts, it is time for me to step down as the director of Equi-Rhythm. It has been an amazing journey and as I reflect on the past years, I am eternally grateful for the people and horses that have helped hold the vision of Rocky Mountain Equi-Rhythm: Horses Balancing Hearts.
In 1999, I sought to create a program that made horses and nature the center of a therapeutic program. Bob and Ellie Joder answered the call and provided a setting at Joder Arabian Ranch that historically had provided this to the horse community of Boulder. In turn, they introduced me to Adele, Thomas and Deborah McCormick (Horse Sense and the Human Heart) who added the psychological and spiritual piece to my journey to create a unique equine therapy program ...click to read all of Caroline's letter