ALS Association helps resident find new lease on life through therapeutic horseback riding

Diagnosed with ALS in 2008, Phil Block was determined to make the most out of his life while living with the disease. In picking up a new hobby through Loving Thunder Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Phil has done that and more.

After being diagnosed, he was given two to four years to live however Phil explains that he decided the outset would be a journey and not a battle. He follows three guiding principles: acceptance, gratitude, and hope.

While his dreams were turned upside down after the diagnosis, Phil says he tries to focus on what he can do rather than what he can’t and he is determined to follow new dreams.

Two of Phil’s friends also with ALS passed away before he was able to ride horses with either of them. In their honor, Phil signed up to ride at Loving Thunder in Rio Rancho through the ALS Association and has been riding for two years.

Development Coordinator with the ALS Association Katie Crouch says their organization strives to support those living with the disease through services and education.

For more information on the New Mexico Chapter of the ALS Association, click here. For details on Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding in Rio Rancho, click here.