An amazing day!
While this wasn't "officially" therapeutic riding, I believe it belongs here. The property we rent for our horses (6 acres, right behind our house) Belongs to our neighbors down the road. They had horses there for years, their kids rode and did 4H, pony club and all. The kids have now grown up and moved away, and their last horse died last January, at 34. The husband has tragically been diagnosed with a form of rapid onset dementia, which is fatal. They were kind enough to let us rent the property, and we have done a lot of work improving the fences, stalls, etc. Yesterday they stopped by and I offered them a ride on Ali, my older, well trained mare. They were beside themselves and rushed home to get their helmets, boots, etc. while I tacked her up for them. I was a bit nervous about letting the husband ride because his coordination is going, along with his memory, but he used to be a very good rider. He did AWESOME! He even straightened his back, which has been looking more and more hunched, and he had full control of the horse. His wife was completely giddy with excitement about how well he did, and took a ton of pictures to show to his doctor. She also rode a bit and had fun too. But it was so gratifying to see him doing so well on a horse, and to see them both smiling and laughing for a change. I told them they can ride her whenever they like, and I know they will, and I know it will help him a lot, if not slowing the progress of his disease at least it will help his depression.