We’re an organization that’s dedicated to changing lives and we do so with ZEAL.


Our purpose is to guide and support people through difficult life transitions, in a group setting, using the evidence based Experiential Learning Model. Our team of dedicated and experienced mental health clinicians collaborates to provide unique and personalized clinical programming and works with both adolescents and adults.

Equine therapy is very beneficial for both children and adults. The connection between animals and humans is a bond that had been seen time and time again. With the help of our herd, we take traditional talk therapy and move it outside on our 146 acre ranch with rolling hills and every session includes this special bond with the animals. All of our animals have been rescued from a past life of being unwanted, neglected or abused. The rescued equine therapy partners are healed by the ranch and the human – animal bond as much as we are. Our philosophy is humans healing horses healing humans.

We partner with The Shiloh House and the Tennyson Center for Children, 501(c)(3) organizations 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, story telling and art therapy. Meet our team.


We offer groups that center around building confidence, leadership skills and social skills. They do ground work (non-riding) with the horses on the ranch. This is a great group for children to learn boundaries and to increase self esteem. Each child forms a relationship with a partner horse. We play games like Horse Baseball to teach teamwork and leadership skills. The children in these groups range from having ADHD to social anxiety.

We also offer individual therapy both more intensive ground work and less intensive riding work. Each of our certified clinicians work on treatment goals and with the help of a partner horse will help you reach these goals and send you on a path of healing.

We have family therapy as well and create a program that is best for your family. For example, we can tailor a program where your child can do individual therapy three times a month and then we can do a family therapy session once a month to promote cohesiveness in the home. You and your family can also come every week to work with horses in a two hour family session.


All of our staff have the qualifications in the state of Colorado for Therapeutic Counseling and many years working with horses. We have over 40 years of mental health experience in the department.

We offer a sliding scale program for those who qualify based on annual household income to ensure all members of our community can access ZEAL. We do not accept insurance or medicaid, and we do not offer scholarships.

Sliding Scale Application


There are many ways to get involved and many volunteer opportunities. You and your family can experience the amazing healing power of our herd by coming out and help us take care of our many animals. With over 50 animals that need care, we would love to have you and your family or friends come give us a hand. There is a free volunteer orientation once a month. Email us to join the next available orientation.


My son has been active at Zuma’s Rescue Ranch for several months now. 

I have seen this type of activity from two view points.  Several years ago I worked in Mental Health services. A group home was purchased in the community and we had five people who lived there. At this house, we were able to have a farm with a variety of animals, the enjoyment that our people received from the care, and the nurturing of those animals were very impressive.  These were adults with mental and physical disabilities, many of whom looked forward to caring for the animals that lived here.

The progress that I have seen in my son since coming to Zuma’s is very difficult to put into words. Six months ago, he was anxious, had a doom and gloom outlook on life, easily distracted from activities,  had a very low self esteem, and we could not depend on him to make the acceptable choices in some situations.

He now can be away from us and enjoy time on his own without worrying about something happening and he knows if he needs to he can now make appropriate decisions to handle situations (such as friends talking him into doing things that could be dangerous or that could get him into trouble).  He shows more more maturity, and we are able to leave him home alone and allow him to go and do things without having to be supervised by an adult (he would often have to go with me to do errands, or work because we could not trust him to know his limits on his own). He also now has his own house key. Previously we would worry about his decision making abilities in case of emergencies.

He was offered a scholarship, and in the beginning I thought to myself, how is cleaning stalls, other barn chores, and just being about these horses going to help my son. The scholarship ended and we decided to keep him involved here, and it has been worth it. We have found that he looks forward to coming to the ranch, he has never asked to miss time here, and is always asking to come on nonscheduled times.  My son is a nurturing type of person, knowing that he  cares for a horse, and has accepted responsibilities for the farms environment has given him a tremendous amount of self esteem, and pride.  We have even had friends comment on how they have noticed that when he walks down the street he carries himself differently and walks with his head up, and seems happier when they speak with him. He now has the attitude that, “I can do many things, not just what society thinks or says I can.”  The work needed to accomplish some things may be hard, but it is all worth it in the end. He often speaks about the horses here, and how good he feels when he has developed a bond with them. Zuma’s is his favorite subject and will often speak of it to whoever will listen. He has mentioned that he would like to continue with this in the future years. He has mentioned that he wants to continue his education, and get into this form of work, to both improve the life of children and animals.

I am sure that the horses have benefited from the kids being here also, who knows what they may have gone through. Working with the kids may have helped them to build the trust with humans that could have been lost to previous circumstances and has improved their lifestyle for the future.

It takes a tremendous amount of care and understanding to work with our kids and the unfortunate circumstances that have brought the horses to the ranch.  It takes two key elements to accomplish the progress that has been made with my son, both staff and horses, without 1 the other would not succeed.  I would like to thank everyone involved with our children, and the sponsors of Zumas Ranch for giving my son, and all the children who come here the opportunity to interact with each other.  I hope that you can find it in your hearts to continue with the support of Zuma’s. There is no way of knowing what child or animal could benefit from the efforts put forth here at Zuma’s in the future.

A thankful mother

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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