Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Last day of Hippotherapy

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:


Meanwhile, Brogan befriended one of the other horses. He gets so excited being so close to such big animals, but this was the first week he plucked up the nerve to actually touch one! And he was gentle too...made me wonder why he can't be so gentle with Avery. Maybe it's because he's quite confident that 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.
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11 comments:

Sarah said...

She did fantastic! Great work Avery!

How exciting getting the Champion Trophy!

Kristen said...

I am fascinated by the hippotherapy. I don't really know much about it and I find myself glued to the screen each time you post pictures and videos. Thanks for sharing.

Carla said...

Yay Avery! She is a Champ! That is hard work indeed to stand while a horse is walking. I LOVE hippotherapy! Its awesome:) I was thinking about staring a therapuetic riding place here in n. tx sonce there is no place for the kiddos to go. Does Healing Strides have a website?

SuzanSayz said...

The video really made me smile. Sweet little Avery. I am always so thrilled to see every new advancment in therapy to help disabled childre.
But then I have to be careful to not dwell on the other side of the coin. The fact, that even as recently as 50 years ago, people with just about any kind of disability were shunned, horribly mistreated and quite often just locked away into some grim institution. I will be eternally grateful that as a people we have grown so much and now understand that everyone is a valuable boon to society.
You go Avery!!!!

Talitha said...

Well done Avery, you have done such a good job :) I'm sure sugarfoot is going to miss you!

Hannon! said...

Great Job Avery!

That is a great organization, how lucky are you guys to have it available.

The trophy is well deserved for all the hard work!!

Pam said...

What happens now. Will she be able to continue some horse riding?

Josephine said...

Carla, hippotherapy really is great! That would be brilliant if you started a place down there. Healing Stride's website is: https://healingstridesofva.org/

Josephine said...

Susan, I think about that all the time - that my little girl wouldn't have had a chance at a normal life (not to mention that she may not have even survived at all...) had she been born even 50 years ago. Heartbreaking, but also awe-inspiring. If I wasn't already grateful for the miracle of her life, that certainly would make me so.

Josephine said...

Granny, hippotherapy usually runs for about 10 weeks in the spring and the autumn, but our therapist is having a baby in the spring and she's the only qualified one, so unless we decide to pay for "therapeutic riding lessons" (which isn't covered by health insurance) then it won't be until next autumn that she does it again.

Valerie said...

These are the loveliest children in the world and I'm not in the least bit biased!