I don't know how I didn't see this topic until today. Anyways horses have long been a big part of my life. I have spastic diplegia, which cause my leg muscles to be very tight, and I have found that riding allows me to keep walking. It's been said that the motion of the horse can replace several exercise machines found in a Therapy room. I have been riding since I was 4 years old at home and at age 5 to age 33 at the The Equestrian Therapy Program, located in Cridersville, OH. Here are some of my most memorable horses that have been part of my life over the years.
This was taken in 1991 at the Equestrian Therapy Program.
Here I am in 1995 at home with my horse Delcine. We had her until 2002 or 2003 when we had to put her down as old age got to her.
Fast forward to 2010... This is Azra and my instructor Sarah. Sarah is who really helped me to be a good rider.
Moving on to 2012 with Azra, the first time I was able canter. (and about gave Sarah a panic attack)
And now my two most favorite horses.
This is Scotty, before he came to Equestrian Therapy, he was a reiner, trained my cousin's father in-law. He could definitely tell the difference between riders. He always did his best for me! I rode him from 2006 to 2017.
Which takes us to today. This is Tula.
She was my cousin's roping horse, but she couldn't hold up to that sort of work so my cousin sold her to Equestrian Therapy in 2016, where I got to use her. Shortly thereafter, the Program underwent some management changes which led me to leave as well. From there I starting riding at my cousin's in-laws. I thought that was the end of my time with Tula. But fate had other ideas, the Program reached out to me just after the first of this year to see if I would take Tula. She wasn't happy being a therapy horse. After MUCH thought, I took her in February. I'm currently boarding her at my cousin's in-laws, which is about an hour from my house.
Thanks to the COVID-19 crap and the travel restrictions, I can't go to the barn. This is the part that I hate the most about this whole situation.