201: Temple Grandin Equine Center

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Dr. Temple Grandin

Dr. Temple Grandin is a world-renowned animal scientist, professor at Colorado State University, and a leading advocate for those with autism. As a young child, Temple had all the symptoms of severe autism. Through early intensive therapy, her mother’s encouragement, and involvement from teachers and mentors, Temple thrived.

Image Caption: Dr. Grandin has written many books, including The New York Times best sellers Animals in TranslationThinking in PicturesThe Autistic Brain, and The Way I See It. In 2010, HBO made a movie about her life titled Temple Grandin


“Horses saved my life.  They were my salvation.”—Temple Grandin

Human-Animal Bond…A Healing Relationship

Temple was bullied as a child for having autism but found comfort and purpose when she started working at her school’s barn caring for horses. She remembers the happiness of her daily rides on a horse named Bay Lady. “Horses gave me a purpose in life. I learned responsibility and developed self-pride. Being with horses is where I met friends. The barn was a refuge.” Temple promotes the benefits of equine-assisted services for others with special challenges through the Temple Grandin Equine Center.


Temple’s love of horses led to her fascination with cattle and other animals, resulting in research and science that created a more humane way to handle livestock animals and ensure their welfare.


Equine-Assisted Services

The Temple Grandin Equine Center at CSU focuses on research, education, and outreach in equine (or horse) assisted services. Equine-assisted services incorporate horses to promote human well-being and include Therapy Services (incorporating horses and the equine environment into professional therapy practices, such as physical or occupational therapy); Equine-Assisted Learning Services (promoting the development of life skills for educational, professional, and personal goals); and Horsemanship Services (focusing on teaching the skills necessary for being around, riding, and caring for horses).


When people watch Equine Assisted Services happening, it’s easy to understand the benefit horses bring to the world. By working with horses in this way, the Temple Grandin Equine Center is helping to increase respect for horses and showcase their role in society.


Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Ms. Becker has dedicated her career to the Navajo Nation and its natural resources.  She is currently serving as an Associate Attorney for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.  Prior to this position, she had the honor of serving as the Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources from May 2013 to January 2019, as an appointee of President Begaye and Vice-President Nez, after serving eleven (11) years as an attorney for the Navajo Nation focusing on water rights and natural resources issues.  Continuing her deep interest and passion for water, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin, as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as an appointee of Governor Lujan Grisham, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, as an appointee of Speaker Damon.  Ms. Becker is equally passionate about supporting artists and serves as a Trustee for the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture (IAIA), as an appointee of President Obama.  Ms. Becker is a member of the Nation and lives on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance with her husband and two school age children.

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