With the move closing in and our calendar filled up, we’ve started our goodbyes. It’s going to be hard to leave. Hard to leave the good friends we’ve made and hard to leave those people who love the Roc and work so well with him. Last night was the Roc’s last horseback riding lesson with Ms. Becca. He started hippotherapy in October 2008 when he was 4 years old. He was such a peanut on the horse!
A year later, in September 2009, he rode in the Special Olympics Horse Show and loved it.
Last June he rode in the Horse show at The Center, where he took lessons.
He remembered last night that he won 2 red ribbons and 1 blue.
My Mom got to see him ride in September when she came for a visit.
She commented on how much he had changed while riding, and it’s true, he grew a lot in the last couple years, and in more ways then just the physical. I remember when he first started, how little he talked, how he was afraid of trotting, and there was a period of time when I had to stay inside the lounge because he wouldn’t “work” if he could see me and get my attention. Sometimes we had trouble transitioning from school to home to horseback riding, but if I asked him if he wanted to stop lessons he would shout, “NO!”
I watched him through the lens of my camera last night. Noticing how he talked so much more to Ms. Becca, I could hear him asking her questions while they walked out of the barn and let the horse get a drink.
He was happy to be there, happy to get to ride, and even happier that he was going to go on a trail ride. His favorite.
At the end of his lesson the Roc gave his horse Flo a big hug,
and then I think Flo wanted to nibble that leaf he was holding!
I will always be grateful to wonderful people like Ms. Becca. She was awesome with the Roc, she knew how to handle him, she was calm and positive, and he worked for her. We will miss her.