Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Hippotherapy for James

Contrary to popular belief, "hippotherapy" is therapy using horses, not hippos.

James LOVES horses, so I was excited to start hippotherapy at Hope Landing once he turned 3. It was even better that we got to start just a wee bit early. James was a little hesitant to get on the horse, but--with enough cheering--he made it on. His smile was so sweet as he took in the new experience.

His occupational therapist (Gena) works with him on posture and balance. He also uses signs and words to direct the horse. The horse handler is Kim, and she is pure cowgirl, and excellent with the kids.

I had arranged with Kim that if Caleb expressed an interest in riding, she would give him one riding lesson (and maybe more if the interest grew). However, as much as he cheered his bubba on, he hasn't really cared to get on a horse himself. Every boy is different!

If you want to see all the photos I took that day, you can check out the full gallery.

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