Albuquerque Police Department’s Horse Mounted Unit Installs Two TheraPlates to Keep Horses in Top Condition

Andy Montoya, a full-time officer in the Albuquerque Police Department Horse Mounted Unit, helps mounted police horse Stryker use the TheraPlate while Max looks on waiting for his turn
Andy Montoya, a full-time officer in the Albuquerque Police Department Horse Mounted Unit, helps mounted police horse Stryker use the TheraPlate while Max looks on waiting for his turn (Photo: Albuquerque Police Department Horse Mounted Unit)

Albuquerque, NM— TheraPlate Revolution Therapy Platforms, the Official Therapy Plate of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), has made it’s way through the barns of jumper horses to reining horses to prestigious championship horse shows across the country— leaving successful, fit horses in its path. Now, the TheraPlate has been installed in a Police Department Horse Mounted Unit to continue its healing and therapeutic work.

The Albuquerque Police Department’s Horse Mounted Unit has installed two TheraPlates to keep the unit’s horses healthy and in top condition. The Albuquerque Police Department (APD)’s Horse Mounted Unit (HMU) is made up of two full-time mounted police officers and 10 part-time riders, along with a sergeant. The Horse Mounted Unit currently has seven horses in use, and two young horses in training.

According to Officer Tanner Tixier, the Albuquerque Police Department’s Public Information Officer, the police department discovered the TheraPlate at TheraPlate’s booth in the trade fair at the Arabian Horse Association Youth Nationals, which was held at Expo New Mexico in July. “After seeing the demo, we attended a training at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, where we observed two TheraPlates set up and being used. The Kentucky Horse Park managers had several stories of success,” Tixier explained. The TheraPlate looked too good to pass up for the Albuquerque Police Department’s Horse Mounted Unit—so the officers decided to install two TheraPlates of their own.

“We felt that the TheraPlate could be beneficial for our horses because they have long hours on the pavement and long hours of static display,” said Tixier, adding that the unit is creating a schedule to allow all of the horses to use a TheraPlate every day. “The TheraPlate can help with the prevention of sore backs, and relieve joint pain.”

Of course, not only horses can reap the benefits of the TheraPlate. Tixier added, “Occasionally, the officers might ‘accidentally’ end up on a TheraPlate themselves after a long training or patrol day.” The Albuquerque Police Department Horse Mounted Unit began in 1977 for the purpose of crime prevention and public relations. Due to the size and calm disposition of draft horses, the unit uses the draft breed. This allows the officers to be effective for crowd control thanks to a 12-foot viewing advantage. It also makes them six times more visible than a patrol officer, bike officer, or an officer in a squad car. According to the Horse Mounted Unit, one horse is equivalent to 10 officers on foot.

In addition to crowd control, the Albuquerque Mounted Police patrol high crime areas, perform search and rescue, and attend special events and school and neighborhood functions. They also help educate the community about equine safety and awareness. Due to their busy schedule, the horses need to be in top shape to perform their duties.

TheraPlate’s Therapy Platform is a rehabilitation and therapy system designed for horses, humans, and dogs. The platform uses dynamic movement to increase circulation, bone strength, and muscle mass, while also reducing swelling and inflammation and promoting rapid healing and pain relief. TheraPlate improves and maximizes performance for horses and humans, as well as reduces healing time on existing injuries and reduces the chance of new injuries occurring.

To learn more about TheraPlate and its many benefits, visit www.theraplate.com or call toll-free (800) 920-3685 or direct (817) 629-5171.




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