The party was in a horse barn and from the moment we arrived Cate was captivated.
|Meeting the horses - Aug 2013|
She had such a great time and I could see how good it was for her physically to be on the horse. It really takes a lot of core strength to hold yourself upright while the horse is bouncing around. For the most part she was also very focused and stimulated. I had heard of Hippotherapy (a physical therapy done on horseback where the therapist use the horse as a tool to promote major muscle work as well as speech and OT goals) and knew some people who's kids with Ds did it but Cate's hypotonia isn't bad enough in her major motor groups to quality for PT. After talking to the helpers at this party I decided to look into some riding lessons for Cate. A strength building exercise that she loves seemed like a no brainer. So my next step was to start looking into our options - something I can chat more about tomorrow!
|Cate Age 7 - Aug 2013|