Saturday, September 3, 2011

A Boy and His Horse

I was happy to get back to our usual riding time for Dean today after Irene and assorted other nonsense. I get so excited to go because it's hard work for Dean without feeling like "work." Even though Dean's therapists make therapy fun, he still knows that it's work, so I feel the vicarious relief of having an activity that reads more like play to him.

Every time we show up at the barn, Dean wakes up (he falls asleep in the car there without exception) and often yells, "YEAH!!!" when he sees where he is. He sprints through the stables and willingly extends a hand or whatever he can to a horse to connect. The kid is just in heaven. It makes my heart so happy.

Can you see it? Can you feel his excitement?

His instructor continues to say that Dean is doing fabulously on the horse, which of course is great. And she's right. It's done so much for his balance, core strength, and muscle tone. Even more than GH. Even more than physical therapy. Even more than any of the supplements we give him. If only insurance covered it! Mesa Vista Therapeutics, where Dean goes, is more affordable, but others in other areas of the country only have much more expensive options. We are so thankful to have this great place near us - worth every penny!

Dean comes alive on the horse and I think we're just going to have to keep doing it for as long as we can. We're even thinking about having his next birthday party at the barn. I'm already so excited.

Some pics from today:

I can't wait to learn more about the activities that each of our 3 boys will like as they grow older. I'm so excited for them to discover their passions that I don't want to get in the way, but at the same time want to expose them and nurture them wherever that might lead.

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