I have not posted a blog in quite a while! So, what is new?
In August 2011, I received notice that I am officially a PATH International Registered Instructor. I had been working on the Articles of Incorporation and bylaws for a non-profit relating to therapeutic riding. My ultimate goal is to have 30-40 students, and to be able to provide services to students with the assistance of complete “scholarships” and subsidization for individuals who could not otherwise afford it. I am so amazed at the quality and scope of achievements that horseback riding provides to individuals with many types of disabilities.
I spent the end of October through mid-December working with a beautiful 10 year old little boy named Devin. We worked together 6 days a week for just over 3 weeks, and I can’t begin to describe the improvement I witnessed in his communication with the horse and his ability to hold himself upright and correct his position. I was so inspired when his parents told me that they saw an improvement in his core stability during the time that he was riding. I know I witnessed a lot of smiling and giggling! Unfortunately, due to the chilly Winter temperatures, we had to postpone further lessons until it begins to warm up outside.
I am so grateful to have the support of my amazing husband in pursuing something that I find such joy in. I love helping others, and I love working with horses. Being an instructor, I am able to beautifully blend both of my passions.
I have reserved the name “Helping Encourage Abilities in Riders through Therapeutic Horsemanship”, and intend to use the acronym “HEART Horsemanship” on all of our marketing materials. I am so excited and nervous about seeing this through and I hope that we are able to create a sustainable and successful non-profit.
I am also considering pursuing a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy. I love the amount of creativity and innovative freedoms that Occupational Therapists are allowed in their work. It would also translate well to my work as a therapeutic riding instructor!
I passed my riding exam (to become a therapeutic riding instructor) with my horse, Ace. Ace was one of the first challenges I met as a “farmer”. He was abandoned here by owners who could not afford him, but didn’t want to find him a new home. We finally had to take things up a notch and pursue foreclosing our agister’s lien. After the drama involved in that situation (which ended up involving 4 horses and 3 owners), Ace became ours. We contemplated selling him, and quite frankly, his ability to jump 5 feet sideways over a gust of wind scared me. Ace is a horse whose breeding has left him hot, spooky and just plain silly most days. I spent a lot of time working with my trainer, Dorothy, and I feel that Ace and I are becoming quite a team. I just can’t believe how much we’ve accomplished together, and while we have a very long way to go, I think we can accomplish much more!
I was unable to ride Delilah for the last 7-ish months because she had strained the tendons in her front right leg after a bad trim. I finally saddled up and rode her for the first time about 2 weeks ago. I need to get back on, but I guess that one of my huge downfalls as a horse farmer is that I am not fond of cold weather riding. Granted, I get out there and end up warming up because riding is a workout…
Anyhow, I will update with some photos and other “important” things that have been happening. I want to bring the blog completely current!