Saturday, July 23, 2011

Back on the horse!

Thanks to a Bionda, a company in the tri-state area, Walker has been given a scholarship for the summer to attend GAIT, which is a therapeutic horse riding center.

Last week was his first day back on the horse and I wasn't sure how it would go.  Last year, it took a lot of hours on the horse before he would actually not scream and be mad.  Even putting the helmet on his head would cause him to start crying. And of course, his first day back was a a humid 100 degrees! (Walker hates the heat!)

As I brought him out of the car and talked to him about seeing Patrick (the gentlest horse ever!) he began to get very excited.  He was kicking his feet and hugging me extra tight and laughing his great belly laugh!  I think he remembered where we were and what we were about to do.  When his therapist came over to get him ready he also seemed to remember her voice.  He had a great ride, laughing and vocalizing the whole time!  He was even pushing up on his arms and legs! My favorite part of the ride is when they take Walker off the back of the horse and have him say thank you to Patrick.  The horse always looks back and gives him a good sniff to acknowledge him!  Its beautiful!

It looks like this will be a great season!!  I am super excited to see how much this improves his trunk strength!

Meet Patrick!

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