From 1993 through 1997 I would travel once a week from my school to a local riding stable where I’d spend my morning riding horses, to then return to school for an afternoon of normal classes
When I started I loved the connection I had with the horse, as I have always loved animals, but one thing I did not prepare for: the pain that this newly beloved activity caused. Sitting on the back of a horse, stretches my muscles in ways I didn’t know and for that matter I am sure it stretches muscles I didn’t know I even had. Needless to say it was pain I had never known before.
The joy of it always outweighed the pain; I was getting physical activity without feeling like I was! I looked forward to Tuesday morning when I would leave school at 9:30 with the school day starting at 8:45 to get back on the bus to go to the barn where I would ride an hour and come back to class with the school day half over, awesome if you asked me!
The Freedom of Movement
Nothing feels better to me as someone with cerebral palsy then the walking motion of a horse. It emulates a normal gate something I don’t independently know of my accord. This type of movement is really only otherwise known for me when swimming. I haven’t been on a horse since I had to stop in 1997 when it became to physically painful to continue. I have since had surgery for hip dislocation and could probably tolerate it, and perhaps even enjoy it again. However, I am a little apprehensive as my last memories on a horse were painful.
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