Welcome to Humble Ranch Education and Therapy Center - Celebrating 15 years of Equine Therapy at the Humble Ranch in 2014!
Welcome to the Humble Ranch Education & Therapy Center web page. The Humble Ranch is a working ranch located just two miles south of Steamboat Springs Colorado. The Yampa Rivers flows nearby and the Continental Divide fills the backdrop. What a great place to experience the educational and therapeutic benefits of the outdoors.
Since June of 2000 the Humble Ranch has been home to a Colorado non-profit, The Humble Ranch Educational and Therapy Center (HRETC). The goal of the HRETC is to provide therapeutic activities for individuals with special needs, in a natural environment, outside the confines of a traditional hospital setting. We are a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) Premiere Accredited Center. We see an average of 75-100 clients June thourgh September of which 99% are local. We recruit over 100 Volunteers and employ 10 staff from the community and we have 10 trained therapy horses.
It was the life long dream of Cheri Trousil, a physical therapist, to offer the excitement of the outdoors as an integral part of a therapy program to nurture and encourage physically challenged children toward a healthier life style. The opportunity to make Cheri's dream come true arose in 1999 when Ed Trousil, Cheri's husband, organized a highly sophisticated collaboration effort with the Colorado Department of Wildlife, Colorado State Parks and the City of Steamboat Spring to purchase the 4,000-acre working ranch, Yampa Valley Land & Cattle Company of Steamboat Springs. As a result of this successful collaboration 1,800 acres of this beautiful Steamboat Springs South Valley land became the Trousils Humble Ranch and Cheri's dream became a reality.
What happens at the ranch on any given day during the summer is what makes us so unique. Clients can ride a horse, play in the barn, swing in a hammock, catch frogs in the pond, feed the llamas, or groom the 2 mini horses. These are some of the activities taking place while a physical, speech or occupational therapist works with the client on individual treatment goals. It is here that we see the miracle of the animal/human connections unfold and witness the many therapeutic benefits of such a relationship.