Our mechanical full size horse simulator was named Thunder by the pupils. It offers a highly realistic simulation of riding with multiple speeds to walk, trot or canter plus lateral horse movements. Physical benefits include developing strength, muscle tone, balance, core stability and good sitting posture. Therapy is fully inclusive as riders can mount and dismount from a stepped platform or be hoisted, ride independently or be supported by an adult or harness. In addition to the physical benefits Thunder can develop communication and thanks to a wall mounted screen provide an engaging and fun experience of riding through countryside, towns, with other horses or even on a beach. This brings the whole experience to life whilst being in a safe and controlled environment.