It’s Official….Olivia’s a natural at hippotherapy!
She’s been horseback riding for almost 2 years now. My Mom takes her and it’s definitely “their special thing”. Occasionally, I go with them and get to see what a natural rider Olivia has become. The last few weeks, she’s been riding alone. She used to ride like this…on a small horse…with helpers.
Now, she rides like this. On a HUGE horse named Andre…all alone.
She goes for long trail rides. Just her and her teacher, Miss Judy. She never complains anymore. She used to say “I want to go to Grandma’s house”. Now, she just rides.
And rides. With her cute helmet and giant pigtails.
And bounces. This uses lots of leg muscle and core strength. Look at her go!
Her favorite part is doing “around the world” so she’s backwards on Andre and gets to smack his butt. Lots of dust comes out too so it’s very productive.
She also loves to pet his ears.
The boys went with me. This one was BORED. How quickly he forgets that his sister has had to sit through a ton of soccer and baseball games…and boy scout banquets.
She has so much fun. She’s so brave. I’d be scared up there on that big horse all by myself.
There she goes…
Are we done yet? To be fair, she’s only watched 5 of his soccer games so far. He’s watched a lot too.
Her new skill….trotting! Scares me to death to watch. She’s absolutely filled with joy when she gets to trot.
She’s learning how to steer Andre and pull back on the reigns to get him to stop.
It’s Official….Olivia’s a natural!
Thanks, Mom, for getting her into this. It’s made a huge difference!!