Monday, April 5, 2010

Therapeutic Riding Update

Emma has made so much progress with her horse riding. When we started, she cried incessantly and mostly had her head touching her knees! When she was introduced to the goats, she fell in love and started smiling at the horse farm for her sessions. Her trunk control started getting better and eventually she was sitting on the pony with less help from her instructor (Miss Kris!). Her head control started to improve dramatically last year and we were able to turn her facing forward without worrying (too much) about Emma hitting her head on the handle.

Now, Emma is able to sit facing forwards for a good portion of each session and carries her head up high and her hands on the handle a bit more. Here is a photo of her during last week's session. How far she has come since she started riding 11 months ago. Congratulations on all your progress, Emma. You worked so very hard for it and we look forward to seeing you riding on your own one day.

1 Comments from readers:

Anonymous said...

Wow! That is dramatically different and sort of takes your breath away! She most certainly has been working hard :-)

I finally got it together and signed Ethan up for h-therapy. Looks like he may not get in until fall since they are down a therapist and have a high case load. He has been really anxious around animals, so I was dragging my feet, but I think it's definitely worth a try.

Seeing Emma always puts a smile on my face!