Sometimes we are lucky enough to see the world tilt a little toward the good. Last night was one of those times.
There was Kyle, riding his horse, Dallas. Alongside were his therapist and his horse handler. He’d just completed a matching and sequencing exercise, concentrating intensely.
He urged the horse forward, using his muscles, and Dallas began to trot gently. Suddenly Kyle was laughing, filling the entire indoor arena with the sound.
“This is music to my ears,” said Kelli, Kyle’s mom.
Kyle completed one six-week session of hippotherapy over the summer. Amy, his therapist, reports that his core strength increased and continues to increase, his balance has improved, and toward the end of the six weeks, she saw (and heard) him vocalizing much more. And at this first night of fall session, he picked right up where he left off, retaining the strength and skill he’d gained.
We at Jacob’s Fund love hippotherapy, because we see the results.
But what we love more than anything is the change that happens to families when their child is at last able to communicate his needs, or to express the pleasure she feels when playing with her brothers and sisters. When a child that could not stand alone walks, that is a miracle. When a little one that could not talk whispers “Good night, Mommy” families’ lives are transformed. When a child gets out of the car at the carpool drop off and is greeted by another child and they walk away hand in hand, an inexorably heavy weight is lifted off a parent’s heart.
We’re thrilled, as we know our GlobalGiving donors are, that Kyle is growing in strength and capability. We eagerly look forward, as you do, to seeing him reach new goals.
But we’re ecstatic that, last evening, as the sun began to set over the rolling hills and farmlands that surround Hilltop Equestrian Center, Kyle, not waiting for his parents to hold his hand, hurried into the barn to find his horse and begin riding.
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