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Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding, Inc

PO BOX 44517
Rio Rancho NM 87174
505-554-9493

Physical Address:
5701 Jackson Loop NE,RIO RANCHO,NM 87144
Tax ID/EIN: 01-0927472
Year Founded: 2008
Last Updated 2016-04-15

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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care and shelter of horses.

Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Mission to enhance the lives of disabled people by providing an equine experience suited to their current and potential abilities. This equine experience will be used to encourage them to achieve new levels of success and independence


Volunteer Opportunities


Board Of Director/Committee Member
Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding is the only Premier Accredited Path Intl Center in New Mexico. We offer a safe, friendly, and fun learning environment focusing on horseback riding program for special needs riders and equine psychotherapy, meeting the highest of standards in the equine world. We are searching for an energetic, enthusiastic, and dependable member to add to our Board of Directors. We are looking for someone who is not afraid to call their friends, co-workers, and associates to promote the program in the Rio Rancho and ABQ area. We need fresh ideas, and effective fundraising efforts, grant writing, etc. Not to worry, though you don't have to do it all. Come view our lessons on Saturday and see the differences we make in peoples lives. Open since 2008 and we are ready to move to a full time program, requiring strong leadership and community connections. We are currently serving 15 riders weekly, 25 volunteers, and 5 horses in the program

Horse Leader/Sidewalker
Do you want to help a disabled person learn to ride a horse. If so, you have just found your golden opportunity. Loving Thunder is the first and only Premier Accredited Path Intl center in New Mexico. We are looking for dedicated volunteers to help with Horse Leading and side walking for their Therapeutic Horseback riding program. We are located in Rio Rancho and have opportunities to help on Saturdays and weekday evenings. We offer riding lessons for individuals who need more support than is available in a regular stable. Our riders have a variety of disabilities, such as autism, downs syndrome, developmental delay, stroke, etc. We also have barn assistant, fundraising, volunteer management, Board of Director opportunities available.

Barn Assistant/ Horse Exerciser
Minimum Age: 16
Do you like horses? We have the job for you. Loving Thunder is the only Premier Accredited Path Intl center in New Mexico. We comply with the highest standards of therapeutic horseback riding and Equine Psychotherapy. Hardly any one thinks of all the care that our horses need. And we need a few good people to help with those daily chores and keep our barns clean and healthy. We try to have volunteers daily so the job is not so big for any one person. We have 7 horses and it takes about 2 hours per day, You should to be healthy and able to lift 30-40 lbs. You can set your own time of the day once you are trained. And you can take all the time you want to hug on our horses. They love to be cuddled and petted. If you love horses and don't mind a little physical activity this is the job for you.


Wish List Items


Western & English Saddles And Equipment
We are in need of good Western & English equipment. Saddles do not have to be new, but should be in good usable condition.

Hay For The Horses
2 of our horses are on special diets for Insulin Resistance (Diabetes) so our hay needs are very specialized. If you want to help here, we prefer a $ donation due to dietary necessity.

Horse Maintenance Tools
Poop rakes, leaf rakes, shovels, garden hoses, water buckets, feed feeders, wheel barrow, 4-wheeler for dragging the arena, anrean dragger, manure spreader, etc.

Trailer With Hydraulic Lift
We are needing a 8x10 (or so) trailer with hydraulic lift to contain our horse manure. So volunteers can just dump into the trailer and it can be hauled off weekly.