Foster child program

Foster Children & Equine Assisted Activities


Foster Child 

Therapeutic Riding

This program is generously given by a grant and is FREE to children who have been placed in the care of CYFD in Sandoval and Bernalillo Counties. 

Spaces and riding times are limited.  Call 505-554-9493 for more information.

How does a horse help?


  • recognizing feelings
  • emotional regulation
  • patience
  • overcoming fears
  • teamwork and cooperation
  • responsibility
  • healthy relationships
  • setting boundaries
  • aggression vs assertiveness
  • bonding and trust
  • creative thinking and problem solving
  • leadership

Helping Incarcerated Youth

Loving Thunder also serves youth who are living in the Youth Detention Center.  These young men and women are experiencing horses like never before. They are learning the valuable lessons that horses can teach through our Equine Assisted Activities program.

Foster Children Application and Brochure

Foster Application 2018 (pdf)


Foster Brochure (pdf)