About Horse Thunder
Horse Thunder is a new organization whose mission is to assist Texas Veterans through therapeutic horse therapy to improve mental health by empowering and building trust with our veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Horse Thunder is dedicated to healing our mentally wounded warriors through the use of equine therapy. Our goal is to provide equine-assisted activities and therapeutic programs that are tailored to address specific issues faced by wounded and traumatized military personnel in a safe and healing environment.
According to the US Census Bureau in 2018, El Paso County had a population of over 848,000 people of which over 78,000 are veterans. Fort Bliss is a United States Army post that is headquartered in El Paso, Texas. The portion of the post located in El Paso County, Texas, is a census-designated place with a population of 8,591 as of the time of the 2010 census.Up to 30% of veterans are affected by PTSD, more than 20 veterans take their own lives every day, and the veteran population accounts for 18% of all suicide deaths in the United States, according to the latest statistics. Equine Assisted Therapy has shown to be effective in treating combat veterans, with PTSD, depression, anxiety, attention-deficit disorder, conduct disorders and other chronic mental illnesses. Currently there are no Equine Assisted Therapy programs in El Paso County and surrounding areas.
Horse Thunders goal is to begin to treat our wounded warriors with PTSD in early summer of 2020. The concept is not to have our veterans to just ride horses, but to use them as therapy companions. The organization will have on staff certified individuals through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International utilizing training in Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) which provides standards for safe and ethical equine interaction through education, communication, standards and research. Leaders of the organization will also be trained by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association with special interest in the Military services designation.
Services provided will be Ground Lessons (grooming, tacking, horse care, etc.) Hippo-therapy (the use of horseback riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment, especially as a means of improving coordination, balance, and strength), Sports riding – setting goals for developing riding skills, Recreational/leisure riding, Educational skills – classroom activities Equine facilitated mental health.