Adaptive Horsemanship for Individuals with Special Needs, Veterans, First Responders & At-Risk Youth.

FREE—Where adaptive horsemanship and groundwork classes help people have hope, heal and be more than their diagnosis

FREE, an acronym for Front Range Exceptional Equestrians, is a 501 (c) (3) organization based in Fort Collins, Colo., that uses horses to improve the quality of life of four distinct populations:
     Individuals with Special Needs
     • At-Risk Youth
     • Veterans
     • First Responders
FREE is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International center—and one of just six PATH International Premier-accredited riding centers in Colorado. 

FREE’s Mission Statement: To allow riders with special needs to enjoy the benefits and freedom of horsemanship at an affordable cost and to provide PTSD support and violence de-escalation to veterans, first responders and at-risk youth.

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Here’s what some of our participants and volunteers have to say about our program:

It is exciting to see all the volunteers in action at Front Range Exceptional Equestrians. They are so dedicated and the staff is so committed to the participants success. I can see the weekly progression of the rider during a lesson. The horses are so in tune to the rider and the riders are learning while gaining strength. From the time they mount the horse to the time they walk out of the arena the participant is empowered. Everything is in sync.

Sharon P.
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Dear Front Range Exceptional Equestrians volunteers, Skylar had a great year riding. She’s gotten stronger and her stamina is much better…We’ve seen improvement in her core strength, balance and walking…Volunteers with your passion and dedication are hard to come by…Whether you help during the rides or behind the scenes, you are very much appreciated…We are grateful for the time you donate…and you are truly making a difference!”

The Family of Skylar H.
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Volunteering for Front Range Exceptional Equestrians is the highlight of my week.  It is one hour a week that the riders get to interact with the horses, other riders and volunteers.  To experience their humor, share what they have done during the week and are looking forward to, what they want to work on with their horses, watching the excitement as the rider accomplishes the goals THEY have set on their own horse.  There is nothing better.  The riders have taught me so much in patience, perserverance and positive attitude.  I am looking forward to the coming sessions.

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Fort Collins, Colorado

Phone: 970-443-5124

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