PROMISE RANCH: Sponsor a horse

Important Update

Since Promise Ranch’s founding as an adaptive riding program in 2008, we have expanded to include hippotherapy, equine-assisted mental health, inclusive recreation, and supported employment! With our growing family of programs, we have outgrown our new property in just over a year.

Now, we have an exciting opportunity to collaborate with a like-minded organization. Later this month, we will begin moving our operations to Praying Hands Ranch in Parker!

Our two organizations have proposed a partnership, and we will be working cooperatively and collaboratively to better serve the needs of our community. 

This means we are bundling our skills and expertise, allowing us to expand our services and opportunities.  
As the activist and disability rights advocate Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.” 
Stay tuned for more information on this exciting partnership and how you can be part of Promise Ranch’s new adventure!
The Promise Ranch Board of Directors

About Promise Ranch

Founded in 2009, Promise Ranch is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that provides Equine-Assisted Services for children and adults with developmental, physical, social or emotional healing needs. At our Castle Rock Ranch, we offer Equine-Assisted Therapies and Recreational Activities. Offsite, we offer Supported Employment and job coaching services for individuals with disabilities or neurodiversities. We look forward to working with you! 

We are a Center Member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Int’l. (PATH Int’l.) and a Facility Member of the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA). We are located in Castle Rock, CO.


Our Equine-Assisted Programs

Equine-Assisted Services – a term that refers to any and all therapeutic or educational activities that are facilitated by a professional and assisted equines. This term encompasses a variety of disciplines, including Adaptive Riding, Horse-Mounted Therapies/Hippotherapy, Equine-Assisted Therapies, and Horsemanship for Veterans.​

Adaptive Riding

Adaptive Riding (AR), formerly known as Therapeutic Riding, is a branch of Equine-Assisted Services (EAS) in which participants learn a “whole horse” approach to horsemanship and horseback riding skills.


Hippotherapy, or horse-mounted therapy is a form of occupational, physical, and speech/language therapy in which a therapist uses the characteristic movements of a horse to provide carefully graded motor and sensory input.

Horsemanship for Veterans

Horsemanship for Veterans, Active Duty Service Members and First Responders! Through meaningful individual and group interactions with our horses, participants will learn how to create safe, fair, and effective horse-human relationships, and may develop or improve important life skills such as self-awareness, self-confidence, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, and emotional regulation.

Mental Health Therapies

Therapy on a ranch can be more engaging for youth than treatment in a traditional office setting. At Promise Ranch, we offer Mental Health Counseling to children and teens within Castle Rock and our surrounding communities. We also offer counseling for young adults with intellectual disabilities. Promise Ranch provides a safe environment for exploration and healing.

Music Therapy

Have you ever sung a lullaby to a donkey? Or played guitar for a pony? Music Therapy is a therapeutic, goal-orientated approach provided by a credentialed professional. Music Therapists use music to help individuals achieve non-musical goals. At Promise Ranch, Music Therapists incorporate numerous interventions to work on goals that can include: motor/physical, sensory, emotional, social, cognitive, behavioral, and can even include relaxation and mindfulness.

Supported Employment

Promise Ranch’s Employment Services and Community Connection Program offers services that are tailored to fit individual employment and community inclusion goals of adults with developmental and other disabilities. Work programs focus on skill acquisition, job search and retention. The focus of community participation is volunteer work and involvement in other aspects of community that make a person’s life more meaningful!

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Become A Volunteer
At Promise Ranch

Volunteers are the backbone of our program. Their continued efforts and commitment are crucial to the success of our program. Promise Ranch relies on the participation of dedicated volunteers to help facilitate daily lessons in a safe and supportive environment. Each of our riders requires the assistance of 1 to 3 volunteers in order to achieve their goals.

Volunteer Positions

In addition to volunteers supporting our lesson/therapy session as side walkers or horse leaders, we need people to work “behind the scenes” helping with barn chores, facility maintenance, ranch projects, fundraising, marketing, office and event support, and other vital operations

Sign-up to Volunteer

We need you, Volunteers! Read more about volunteering opportunities, and how to sign up.

Special Projects

Do you need to perform volunteer or community service? Promise Ranch will gladly put your skills to good use! Check out our volunteer positions and sign-up today!
Find out now how you can get involved.


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