An Autism Diary

A day in the life of David Hartley

Yay for comebacks! :D

David had another horse lesson today.  Knowing it was coming, we’ve been working hard with each other on regaining some basic muscle control as well as some general ability to stay focused/connected.  The last couple of days he started showing enough improvement that we started re-learning all the parts of the horse and practicing the sounds and posture needed while he rides (clicking sounds to get the horse to go, “whoa” to stop, sitting up straight with correct foot position in stirrups, how to hold the reins, etc).

He is still showing some signs of not quite being back all the way yet, and his lesson ended on a bad note when his teacher had him work with a substitute while unsaddling and putting Domino away (he tried to kick her… and was generally disrespective and refused to pay attention).  However, with that being said, over all his time at the stables up until that point went so much better today than they had been going.  He even was able to learn a few new things like patterns with cones and controlling the reigns with the opposite hand (he surprised us by initiating that one).  His teacher also set up a small “jump post” for him to practice walking the horse over.  He kept asking when he was going to get to jump it though which of course isn’t going to be any time soon. lol

I will try to have pictures available to post before the weekend is over so keep an eye out for them. 🙂  For now though, I need to get headed home before these two tear up the inside of the car. lol

Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂



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