Just west of Colorado State University’s main campus in Fort Collins, the new state-of-the-art Temple Grandin Equine Center opened its doors recently as the new home of one of the leading equine-assisted services facilities in the world.
The center totals 30,000 square feet, and includes equine, clinical, administrative and classroom spaces. In addition to the arena, the center’s nine therapy horses reside in a 10-stall barn, with nearby outdoor runs, tack area, and space for boots and helmets. A mounting area makes it easier for riders of all physical abilities to mount their therapy horse. Family members and other viewers can watch sessions in the arena’s 1,100-square-foot viewing area.
Separate from the equine areas, clinical space includes a therapy room featuring a climbing wall, swings, games, and an “equicizer,” a mechanical horse that helps riders build strength, balance and confidence outside of the arena. Down the hall is an accessible restroom with an adult changing table and a roll-in shower. The facility also includes conference and office space, as well as a classroom and event space.