I haven't written about hippotherapy at all this season, and today was the last day! How sad! But Avery has been doing wonderfully. She's been riding every Tuesday since the beginning of September, and of course has loved it again! Her horse's name was Sugarfoot, and she adored him :)
New this season has been the introduction of a a proper saddle, for the sole purpose of standing up in the stirrups:
When she first attempted this, she could only stand up for a couple of seconds, and then would fall back down again as soon as Sugarfoot started walking. It's hard work, because of course, not only is it standing up on something which is moving, but it's also standing with her feet about a foot and a half (?? How wide is a horse??) a part, which is hard for a girl who naturally has a scissor gait.But take a look at how far she has come:
she's not going to bite his fingers off...
As a special treat at the end of her therapy session today, Avery got to go off into the woods on a trail ride! She loved it!
She also got a special Champion trophy from the lovely Healing Strides people! Her first ever trophy! She was very proud, and thinks that the picture on it is a picture of her and Sugarfoot.