Posts Tagged ‘Autism’

At age6 the youngest by far!

As many of you know, I have recently joined River Valley Riders Therapeutic Riding and Driving Program with my young mare, Ruby (Roo).  Since becoming involved I have met some wonderful people and some amazing horses.  Not every horse can do what these animals do.  It takes a very calm and easy going horse to make therapeutic riding safe and successful for all concerned.  The horses are constantly surrounded by people who walk very close to them, often in what horse people would consider the “danger zones” around a horse.  They have riders who often times are very unbalanced and move around a lot. Sometimes the riders lean over and touch the horse’s ears, lay down over their rumps and some even ride facing backward.  There is constant noise, activity, music, and other distractions, many horses cannot handle that kind of over stimulation.  These horses are truly unflappable.  I want to introduce you to just a few of the superstars.  I hope, eventually that you get to meet them all – they are wonderful horses, worth their weight in gold!!

 Smoke and Haley 


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In past posts you have met my friends Karly and Beau.  Karly is a young lady living with Rett Syndrome and Beau is her Compaion Horse.  Karly is very intelligent, and while she may not be able to speak like the rest of us, she does have much to say!  She is remarkable, she has learned toswope-wahlin-family-064-2.jpg communicate with her keyboard, she writes music and poetry and is very well spoken.  It is my privilige to introduce you to her new blog – titled – Inspired By Love.   Karly plans to let the world know what it is like to live with Rett Syndrome.      

 Check out “Inspired By Love” at www.spiritdances.wordpress.com

Karly has truly become a hero of mine!


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