“If he does not start walking by September, the school insists that Tyler go into a wheelchair, I do not want that to happen. Can you help me?” she choked back tears.
April, Tyler’s mom, had heard about the great results of equine therapy. She already had physical, occupational, and speech therapists working with her son and none of these therapies were helping him as rapidly as she would like if her son was to walk by September. She was desperate for something that would work quickly.
“I know equine therapy will help. I cannot guarantee anything, but I would like to say with assurance that equine therapy encourages children to walk. I would like to meet you and your son,” I said. We set up a meeting for the following day.
An entourage pulled up, his grandparents, therapists, and friends of the family. April held up little Tyler. He was beautiful with blonde curls, deep blue eyes, and chubby little legs. Timmy picked him up and held him. Then Tyler grabbed onto Timmy’s hand. Timmy knows first-hand how equine therapy works because he is a product of what equine therapy can do. Like Tyler, Timmy could not walk or talk. His parents enrolled him in equine therapy and that’s when, “he got his legs underneath of him.” I told the story of Timmy’s equine therapy experience and I saw a tear escape from under Tyler’s mom’s dark glasses.
It has been three years since Tyler has started equine therapy. During that time his core strength has become so solid that he can now sit up on the horse. He even corrects his balance without the assistance of the side walkers. He lifts his legs to go around the pony. He even high fives all of us. He walks through the grass with bare feet, something he could not tolerate until equine therapy. Today he crawls, pulls himself up, stands up, sits up from a lying position, and is interested in animals, especially the family dog. All of these behaviors were not seen until he started equine therapy.
Tyler now walks with the aid of a walker, he powers through the school hallways. The power of the horse conquered foreign lands, built ancient societies, and now the noble horse carries the weakest to fields of greatness.
Check out Tyler’s progress on Raise Your Dreams Farm Facebook. There is actually a video of him walking with his gait trainer.
Do you know anyone that has been helped by a horse? Please tell! I LOVE to hear your stories!