What is Therapeutic Riding?
Loving Thunder is a Therapeutic Riding program serving individuals of all ages with physical and/or developmental challenges. We serve the Albuquerque & Rio Rancho, New Mexico population. Our goal is to overcome the everyday obstacles of this special population and improve overall health with a fun and enriching equine experience.
It has been proven that physical health, muscle relaxation and strengthening, balance, eye/hand coordination, and social skills can benefit from a equine assisted program. The riders gain a sense of control and self confidence that comes from being able to ride and experience the unique movements provided by the horses. The 3-dimensional movement provides a healthy exercise, improving circulation and muscle tone. The social interaction of the riders, volunteers, and horses benefit the minds and spirits of our riders in a way that is enjoyable to all those involved. The unconditional love of the horse has proved to reduce anxiety, encourage interaction and offer a sense of empowerment sometimes never felt by this special population.
Loving Thunder is an authorized center of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). Membership in the outstanding organization assures strict compliance with safety procedures, quality equine, staff, and facility.
Our instructors have extensive equine experience and have been certified by NARHA showing high standards and teaching technique compliance. A certified training program is offered to all our volunteers. Some have little to no horse experience, but we teach them everything they need to know. With out volunteers our program could not exist.
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