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post #11 of 15 Old 11-21-2014, 02:58 AM
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One little boy, Peter, came with the school he attended. He was CP. Profoundly deaf and away with the fairies. He enjoyed the riding but was impossible to do much with other than just lead him around
He was about eight and not walking, his legs would not straighten and his knees would go up.
After a year or so we, as a committee decided to stop him riding and to take another child that riding would help more.
During the summer holidays I was in town and saw Peter in his buggy. The woman with him was talking to another.
I stopped amd crouched down to speak to Peter, he recognised me, his little hands waved, he arched his back, smiled, which broughtt about a dribble which I wiped from him, and the noises he made when happy.
The woman looked down and her friend moved on. I introduced myself and the woman who was his mother, told me that he missed the roding in the holidays and how on a Sunday he wouldn't go to sleep unless his roding hat was by the side of his bed and on a Thursday, his swimming things.
I walked away and knew that if this child had only two things to look forward to, no matter how 'useless' he was we had no right to deprive him of one.
When the new term started the new physiotherapist was interested in seeing these children ride, the only one that had.
She knew nothing about horses at all and, at that time riding for the disabled had only just started.
What a difference speaking to her about each child and what to aim for. With Peter she wanted to get his legs more relaxed. He came off the saddle and stuck on a rotund pony bareback.
In a matter of a few circuits you could see how the pony's movement was causing his legs to drop. No longer was he looking like a jockey with his knees up by the withers but they were dropping right down.
Peter kept roding and his parent would often bring him down after school for a twenty minute ride.
We worked hard with him, he worked hard and on his own his concentration was much improved.
Within two years, with caliipers he was actually walking.
There had been many times at the end of the day when I thought "Oh no, Peter's coming." But the day when his Mother said look at this, and Peter walked a few wobbly steps with his calipers and crutches made it all worth while.

Several times I have been asked what were the best or greatest moments in achievements with riding and several of mine would have to be achievements made with these children.
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post #12 of 15 Old 12-10-2014, 02:37 AM
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I had a little boy who flat out refused to get on. No way hose he was TERRIFIED. Anyway I bet him that if I could make my horse 'smile' at him then he'd give it a go.

To an eight year old - I guess he thought that was a super safe bet xD Anyway I dribbled some water on my ponies nose and naturally he curled his lip up into a 'smile' and low and behold dan got on the horse xD

It took forever to get him comfortable and even longer to get him to trot (and a LOT of bargaining from me giving him a hi-5 to him getting to lead the pony & also I get pony to pick up a hoof & he gives him a hi 5 too xD

Anyway the other day he didn't want to get off.. he just wanted to keep trotting and had no interest in his parents or the other people in the arena. he just wanted to ride his pony. Complete 180 in his temperament towards riding :) it really put a smile on my face.
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post #13 of 15 Old 01-18-2015, 10:08 PM
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These are all great stories and they just warm my heart!
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I've been teaching and helping teach therapeutic riding lessons for about 5 years now, and we have one girl at the barn who has hit national news for her alternative medical treatment in the past couple years.
(If anyone knows who this is and her name, please don't release it)

Over this time we've seen her flourish from a 5 year old who was barely being able to walk, talk, or communicate due to having thousands of grand mal seizures in a month(she was told she wasn't going to live even a couple years past her diagnosis initially). And in the past 2 years has re-learned to sign, then walk, talk, and is now seen running around when she's not riding, and is able to ride independently on a horse(with side walkers). Between her treatment and therapeutic riding, she's made huge strides and progress from where she used to be. Now days, she's still quiet and has grand mal seizures on occassion, but she has improved greatly and grown into this lovely, very smart young girl who is now 7 years old. Her two siblings ride horses when she rides so her siblings are treated equal to her too. She is still very behind for her age, but she's a bubbly, cute, funny girl who LOVES pink(even when she couldn't talk anymore, she'd randomly blurt out "pink!!!" and make everyone laugh and smile), and disability or not, she has impacted and continues to impact and change the perspective and lives of everyone who knows her and her family.

I'm leaving out her name, but I'm sharing a photo of a moment from our fundraiser we had for this organization who funds her alternative treatment. This photo and story has already been shared publicly and on national news, so privacy is not a concern.
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