All the horses at Dream Catcher Therapy Center are rescue horses that have been abused, abandoned, or neglected. They help nurse DCTC clients back to health, while at the same time, they are nursed back to heath as well. Kathy Hamm, Executive Director of DCTC, says that “they are the heart and soul of the facility.”
DCTC has witnessed over two decades worth of healing, of both horses and individuals with mental and physical challenges. It all started when Kathy and Bill Hamm’s daughter was born and diagnosed with Down Syndrome. They lived in a rural community where there wasn’t a lot of support. Kathy has always loved horses, and they saw this as their opportunity to work with horses to help people like their daughter. Dream Catcher Therapy Center began, and since that day, has grown and expanded to help people from all different backgrounds and walks of life.
Kathy shares, “watching a horse and a child, both from environments filled with abuse and neglect, neither in control, leaning on each other to rebuild broken dreams, trust, and love is truly awe-inspiring.”
The programs at DCTC are made possible by the wonderfully dedicated staff and the horses – there’s a true connection and everyone wants to give back to this amazing facility. They offer a wide variety of unique programs – from Equine Assisted Therapy and Hippotherapy to Veterans Programs and Birthday Parties.
One of the programs that will be coming soon is called New Beginnings – a program offering inmates new job skills and a new life while they work alongside and train with the horses. Some prison programs have already seen the effectiveness of equine therapy, and this program will help former inmates in their journey readjusting back to civilian life.
Another program that will soon be available at DCTC is Silver Linings. This program is designed to help seniors and families dealing with dementia and Alzheimer’s. “Recent studies have shown tremendous promise” Kathy says, “and we hope to help pioneer this program in Colorado.”
The four-legged therapists at DCTC help change lives. Kathy shared a story about a little girl who was not doing well in traditional therapy. When she came to DCTC, she picked a horse to work with and after a few months of therapy, she was able to tell her horse and the therapist about her abusive mother. They were able to call the authorities, and the girl now is living safely with her father. Thanks to the connection with this horse, she was able to begin healing.
Visit the website below to support DCTC. This summer they will be expanding down into another facility in Ridgway, you can make donations on their website below to support their growth.
How to Contact This Farm:
5814 Hwy 348
Olathe, CO 81425