I love me some horses. I'm sure we can all agree that Iowa is a great state to own a horse in, and there's nothing better than the warm, calm air of Decorah to soothe yourself with when on the back of a horse.
I have a lot of horses spaced out over North America, but Decorah is the best place for them. One day, they'll all be moved over here. But for now, I just have to settle in and wait. But not everybody does; a few weeks ago, I heard from a friend about a place for therapeutic riding, which I was sorely in need of.
That brought me to Thunder Rode, located four miles north of our nice home in Decorah. Here's a little something from their page, so you get the idea:
"Thunder Rode provides confidence building and rehabilitative training to individuals of all ages with special needs, within aspects of the equine industry. This program will have no boundaries regarding developmental growth, program growth and learning potential for individuals, enhancing their abilities to live and work successfully within the community."
It sounds nice. But is it? A lot of these places could be sketchy, wanting your money more than anything.
So, I checked it out. And if I'm being honest, it was just what I needed. It was a reminder of the animals I love, in a place that I love. I'd highly suggest giving them a call or dropping them an email. It'll be well worth your time. Not a horse person?
You will be.
Therapy is important. I know a lot of us are proud and don't think that we need it. I spent a lot of my life being that way. But that's a toxic thought to have; we don't have to be 'weak' to enjoy the company of something relaxing. Give it a shot. Your heart will thank you, and so will these horses.
Their site has a very handy map with very well detailed directions to get there, so I'll leave that to them.
Photo by Reindi on Flickr.
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