Our programs share one common thread – celebrating the human-horse connection. From ZEAL therapy to the Riding Academy to cultivating our garden, we honor the unique bonds between us.


Our mission is to guide and support people through difficult life transitions in group or individual settings, using the evidence-based, experiential learning model of Zuma’s Equine Assisted Learning program. Our team of dedicated and experienced social workers collaborate to provide personalized clinical programming and work with both adolescents and adults.

We partner with The Denver children’s Home, a 501(c)(3) organization that offers nurturing, therapeutic and educational services to empower youth and families to overcome the impact of abuse, neglect and trauma. We’re also certified with Araphoe and Douglas County Mental Health Services.

Program Goals and Objectives: We will assist in the development of successful life skills such as: respect, mood regulation, self-esteem, creative expression and communication.

Format: Our program is run by Animal Assisted Coaching Specialists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Licensed Practical Counselors. Equine Assisted Learning activities are used in combination with play therapy, storytelling and art therapy.


We believe that horses are here to teach us about balance and harmony – working with our horses starts with understanding equine communication. Our riding program focuses on natural horsemanship and we ride bitless, shoeless, and using the least pressure necessary to accomplish our goals.

Our programs all begin with Horsemanship 101 and 102 classes which are held weekly by appointment with Julie or Carmen

(email: info@zumasrescueranch.com)

From Ground Driving lessons  we can teach you to communicate with horses with your body language prior to riding. Upon completing Ground Driving, you may advance to mounted work and begin taking riding lessons with one of our experienced instructors.


We offer unique and fun birthday party experiences for children and adults working with our horses in several groundwork (un-mounted) varieties. You can celebrate your big day ponying around with some of our rescue horses and we work with you on finding the right activities for your guests to enjoy.

We also offer summer camps that feature both ground work and riding lessons for children for either three or five days. Summer camps feature horsemanship classes, hay rides, games, craft activities, gardening, educational movies – and more.




We named our garden in honor of one of our memorial horses who touched our hearts and lives in extraordinary ways. Now you can help us cultivate her memory with Kathleen, our Master Gardener. Kathleen will teach you how to start your own organic garden from germinating seeds, soil preparation, planting, and maintenance. We are offering a Garden Co-Op in which you can rent a bed for $125 for the season and grow your own veggies here at our iconic property.


All proceeds from our programs go directly into the care of our rescue horses so supporting ZEAL, riding or hosting an event with us is a great way to support the organization.

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info@zumasrescueranch.com 303.346.7493

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7745 N. Moore Road Littleton, CO 80125