Founded in 2005, WindWalkers Equine Assisted Learning and Therapy Center (“WindWalkers”) began with exactly 2 clients and only 1 horse. We now serve over 65 clients weekly with 12 equine therapy horses along with many specialized groups who include at-risk teens and students with Significant Identifiable Emotional Disabilities (SIED). Since inception, WindWalkers can proudly boast providing 17,500+ service hours -“butts in the saddle and boots on the ground” as we like to say – to over 4700 riders.
WindWalkers is where horses and caring professionals help families and individuals with challenges from Aspen to Rifle to grow and thrive! Our service area includes 3 counties (Garfield, Pitkin, and Eagle), 16+ towns and a population of over 124,000.
At our core is a unique family-centric approach that strongly recognizes that one’s challenge does not affect the individual only it equally impacts every member of their family and the community at-large. Since, family is the basic building blocks of our society. WW is firmly committed to aiding not only the rider but also their parents, siblings and care-providers. We are unwavering in our commitment to improving the physical well-being, behavioral development and emotional health of our students, their families and the communities of which they live in. The practical implications of our services are immense not only for the people with disabilities but the society as a whole.
WindWalkers also enjoys long standing cooperative relationships with other non-profits, schools, school counselors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, client families, medical professionals and teachers. With only a small staff, a 10 person volunteer Board of Directors, 50+ highly skilled volunteers and an annual budget just under $ 400,000.00 WindWalkers’ impact is far reaching.