My Husband "Subvet" says that when our first son "Sonshine" was born the sun rose on our world, when our second son "Gator" was born the sun laughed and when our daughter "Sugars" was born all the flowers bloomed. That says it all.

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...
It's about learning how to dance in the rain."
Anonymous

Your mind is the garden, your
thoughts are the seeds, the harvest can either be flowers or weeds. — William
Wordsworth

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Riding Lessons.

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It rained all week...again.

So on the way out to therapy I told Sonshine that we couldn't ride Bella this week. Sonshine says "Yes, Bella is wet! I need to dry her off with a napkin!"

uh-huh, honestly with as much rain as we've had I think he'd get lost in the mud before Bella would ever be clean!

Here was the official greeter:





Instead of Bella we rode Mr Bill. Mr Bill is a life sized Equicizer. It feels and moves like a real horse, but INDOORS!

Sonshine was very nervous about his first ride.



He did about a 10 min ride (I think)....hollering for "help!" the whole time. I kept asking him questions and he'd relax a bit to think of the answer, then go back to asking for help. The good news, at least to me, was that he was sitting tall in the "saddle". Last time when he got on Mr Bill for his eval Sonshine would not sit up, but leaned forward the whole time. Remember, I celebrate every tiny step! (see #5)

And please applaud Eddie and Tara our WONDERFUL therapists. They are the founders of Walk On, the place where Sonshine's riding. Honestly, I looked at several riding therapy places online and picked this one because it's a non-profit center. And it has the same name as one of my FAVORITE Reba songs! 'Sides my Guardian Angel whispered in my ear that this was the right one...and so I listened (for once haha). I am thrilled that the center is small and loving. Tara told me in our first meeting "We make no money off of this. This is our mission to help these kids through riding." And I'm here to say it shows.

He's looking forward to next week. We're praying for sunshine for Sonshine so he can ride Bella!!

**yes, I know...very slim on pictures. I was too busy with the boy to handle the camera. I'll try to do better next week!**

And since it gets stuck in MY head every time I think of riding therapy now...let a little Reba get stuck in YOUR head too!

6 comments:

Diane@Diane's Place said...

Hey, progress is progress and to be celebrated! Maybe next time he can sit tall in the saddle on the live horsey and holler for help, lol. ;o)

ellen b. said...

I'm glad he rode a little higher this week. The therapists look very positive!
Let the sun shine next week Lord!

Stephanie D. said...

Maybe next week, when he feels the thick mane and the warm neck of the real horse, he will be too fascinated to holler for help. At any rate, you'll probably have to pry him off the animal with a crowbar soon!

And I know about the rain--9 inches between Fri. and Monday! I have a bath basin on the back deck to catch rainwater for watering my herbs--the thing was absolutely full! A bath basin filled to the brim with rainwater! Usually I'll have an inch or so.

Cookie..... said...

My grand daughter takes Riding Therapy as well and absolutely love it. She has MS and some other very devastating conditions.

diana said...

i've heard such good things about this kind of therapy. i'm sure it will just be a matter of time before he's comfortable with the horse. i'm also sure there will be great blessings that will come to all of you through this.

Mrs4444 said...

I am so loving that Sonshine is doing this (horseback riding).

Also, doesn't Reba look fantastic? I know her cover is airbrushed and all, but still...she's gorgeous!