Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

 Rio Rancho, NM.

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History 


Loving Thunder, established in 2008, became a Non-Profit 501 (c)3 Charity in 2010.  In 2012 earned the Premier Accredited status from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Intl (PATH, Intl) by passing 164 of a possible 165 peer-reviewed standards. In 2013 services for Veterans with PTSD after seeing war veterans in need of the healing horses. As Loving Thunder continued to grow, they saw another community need and began serving abused and neglected children in the CYFD system in 2018.  Loving Thunder remains the ONLY Premier Accredited Center in New Mexico after passing its 2nd accreditation in 2017.   Currently serving over 150 children and adults throughout the year.


Mike & Twuana Raupp, Founders, continue to operate Loving Thunder with the help of many volunteer team members, some phenomenal horses, and a Board of Directors.  Their own need for equine assisted activities for their developmentally delayed autistic daughter is the "why" for the creation of the Therapeutic Riding program of today.  They knew that other families were searching for similar, more holistic, answers to help their children and family members.  Their daughter stills rides weekly and continues to benefit from the various horse activities and riding movements.


Their own personal experience and challenges give them a unique perspective on what parents

need and are looking for to help their special needs person, or how a horse can help the veteran with PTSD or an abused and neglected child.