Service Learning/Community Service Opportunities

As part of the equine therapy curriculum, participants complete service learning projects such as painting jumps, stacking hay, and so forth as a way of giving back to the ranch. Equi-Rhythm participants, including youth who have court-ordered community service hours, are eligible to participate. 

RMER/GEMS/BLM Partnership
RMER and GEMS have a collaborative relationship including creation of a University of Denver MSW internship opportunity involving mustangs and equine therapy in addition to partnering with the BLM to create a weanling mustang program that allows Spirits of the West 4-H youth to work with a BLM weanling mustang as a project horse.


Rocky Mountain Equi-Rhythm is committed to synergistic partnerships with many others:

  • The Hunter Smith/Jan Yates family and La Rienda Ranch
  • The Robert Joder family
  • Volunteers from the community of Boulder
  • Boulder and Jefferson County Department of Health and Human Services and Mental Health Partners of Boulder County
  • Boulder County Probation
  • Boulder County Community Corrections Community Service Programs
  • Master level interns in social work, psychology, criminal justice, and equine programs
  • James Dooley Foundation
  • University of Denver Graduate School of Social WorkInstitute for Human and Animal Connection
  • Great Escape Mustang Sanctuary (GEMS)
  • Lasso Horse Rescue
  • Carson Sander-Ferracane

Equine Therapy Programs

Individual and Group Equine Therapy Sessions

The goal of this treatment modality is to create an interaction that allows an opportunity for individuals to receive immediate feedback from the horse (which is based on the individual’s behavior). It also provides an opportunity for the therapist to use metaphors that may parallel what is going on in that individual’s life as the vehicle for change. It also allows individuals to touch nature by the very setting that working with horses involves. While this treatment modality does not focus on riding, individuals learn the equestrian art, which does include becoming skilled in horsemanship and riding skills. Rocky Mountain Equi-Rhythm uses a holistic mind-body-spirit approach.

Summer Horse Camp

Several week-long horse camps are offered each summer for youth by Rocky Mountain Equi-Rhythm for children in Boulder County and the surrounding communities. The horse camp builds a solid foundation for children to become accomplished equestrians. To this end, we teach a safe and positive relationship with horses. Because the child’s safety comes first, and horses can be intimidating, Rocky Mountain Equi-Rhythm works with children at their level and helps them to advance with each activity to a level where they are comfortable. Each camp week includes horse care, arts, yoga, and riding. Scholarships, made possible by individuals and foundations, are available as needed.

Summer Horse Camp Forms
2017 Camp Information
Program Handout
Registration Form
Youth Info Form
Riding Agreement
Family Financial Affidavit Scholarship Application

Robert "Bob" Joder Summer Camp Scholarship

Robert "Bob" Joder believed in a community that supported youth and their love of horses. He knew the power in the magic of the horse and how it shaped young lives. Two summer camp scholarship's are available each summer to honor Bob and his support of Rocky Mountain Equi-Rhythm's mission with children and horses.

Please submit a letter written by the youth as to why they would like a summer horse camp scholarship and what they hope to learn from a week at camp.

Download and Read Ode to BOB JODER AND Joder Arabian Ranch: Memories that Live In the Heart By Caroline M. Roy


For more information about these and other programs, please write to or call 720-663-8803