I was lucky to find a great farm not too far away that offers "therapeutic riding" lessons. The goal of these sessions is to teach the child to ride a horse but are taught a therapist who will also work on goals of increasing coordination, core strength, and confidence. So tomorrow is our first session and Cate is over the moon excited. I have made her earn 10 "horses" on a reward chart by getting green behavior ratings at school and cooperating on her homework. As of last night she had 8 - so assuming she gets a green today and cooperates fully at swimming tonight we'll be go to go - otherwise I'll have to make up another way for her to earn one!
As I understand it tomorrow's session would not normally include much riding but since we are kind of testing the program out (it isn't covered by insurance) to see if it is valuable enough for the time commitment and how often we want to do it, the instructor was planning to get Cate on the horse for a little while. Keep your fingers crossed for us that it goes well!
Here are the pics of her at the party last month:
|from the minute we got there we couldn't get Cate out of the barn|
|see that face when the helper tried to get her off??|
|Lucy didn't want anything to do with horses but loved the fashion.|
|she convinced the helper to take her "barrelling" around the hay bails!|
|its horse love for sure!|