Richard McMahan, MA, NHTIII, CACIII

is the founder of this ground breaking equine-assisted program.  He has spent a lifetime using his creativity to find new ways to successfully treat his clients.  With 35 + years in the field of behavioral psychology, Richard found that an office was not the place for people to truly open up and work towards a better self.  This is when the idea of animal assisted therapy came to him.  Richard created Colorado Therapy Horses to provide an environment which felt safe and uses horses as a therapy tool to help clients gain their personal power back.  He found that working with the horses allowed clients to open up and share without feeling like they have to.


As a young man, he was in business with his parents.  After college Richard, coached and taught at the University of Northern Colorado.  He completed his graduate work in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and Vocational Evaluation with an emphasis in Chemical Dependency Counseling.  He has owned a treatment center and been in the Greeley therapeutic community for 33 years as an educator, psychotherapist, certified addiction counselor and horseman.  He developed the Natural Humanship Training program in 2003 and has been working with clients and horses ever sense.