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A year ago my daughter started taking horseback riding lessons. The entire last year has been one series of upgrades after another. When she started taking lessons it was simply one lesson a week – nothing more. We tried for months to get our son to have an interest and he just didn’t. He is autistic and we knew horses would be terrific for him – we just needed to convince him.
Eventually in August 2015 he finally got on a horse! Even then he could pretty much take it or leave it. For Christmas – we started doing a partial lease for each of the kids allowing them two rides (one is a lesson) each week. They didn’t really ride a particular horse – just one that was appropriate for them. Around January he started really getting excited and looked forward to his riding every week – he even participated in a schooling show in February and scored a ribbon! His very first ever that he earned totally on his own.
I swore when we started that we would never buy a horse. I am not even sure why I bothered saying it. In May we bought a horse for our daughter who has been progressing rapidly with her riding. Upgrade #1. Then in July Anthony started really growing in a more mature individual and started helping out around the barn – doing actual work. We started our search for an upgrade for him from a lease to a purchase – his very own horse. We went on several trips to check horses out and believe it or not – it is easier to buy a qualifying jumping horse than to buy a horse that can perfectly meet the needs of a special needs child. A horse that will not push him faster than he can go – but can push him just enough to help him grow.
And again we upgraded. We finally found the horse of Anthony’s dreams – a huge belgian horse. But in the process of searching for this upgrade – we made an even larger upgrade. We bought TWO!
Aren’t they gorgeous! So for a person who swore we would never buy A horse – we have upgraded through leases to not just purchasing one horse, not just purchasing two BUT purchasing three – two of which are draft horses! Aren’t they gorgeous?! And just so you see the whole crew – here is our first horse – Toni.
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