Smiling Goat Ranch | We are using horses and small social animals to help people with autism and veterans with PTSD.
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Smiling Goat Ranch helps humans heal through interactions with horses and other animals.

Our clinically proven program puts those with neuropsychiatric conditions like PTSD, autism, anxiety, and depression into a healing environment with service horses and small social animals. In these sessions, specific movements activate the cerebellum and prefrontal cortex, helping our riders achieve fine and gross motor skills and gain emotional regulation and reasoning.

In five years of our equine-assisted therapy program from our ranch just outside Carbondale, Colo., we’ve helped hundreds of children and adults, and we’ve made a vow never to let fees hinder healing. All of our program needs — including animal feed and care, supplies, and handlers — come from donations and grants.

Donate today to help us to continue our growing mission.


Life changing is the only way to describe it.  The team uses Declan’s favorite toys and games to push him into doing things that in other surroundings are scary. But the environment at the ranch is so welcoming that he feels comfortable in trying new things out (which for an Autistic child is HUGE)!

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“We need more places like Smiling Goat Ranch where they apply out-of-the-box methods to help those su ering with mental health issues. Their clinically proven program puts those with neurosensory conditions like PTSD, autism, anxiety and depression into a healing environment. There is so much potential to help people where they integrate the outdoors and the healing qualities of animals.”

– — Lt Colonel Dick Merritt, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret)