After being on a waiting list for over a year,
my daughter has finally started her horse rehabilitation sessons.
Exactly two summer ago, my daughter was struck by a car.
Spent a week in the hospital and four months in a back brace.
The physical rehab has been grueling.
It has been a long journey back for my sweet child.
Rachel is an excellent horsewoman and loves the sport. Loves the connection between she and these animals.
As part of her horse world life, she started training with a riding facilities (here) that specializes in horse riding rehabilitation. She started a month ago, and goes once a week for 25 weeks, or more if needed.
At this stage of the training, or re-training I suppose, her trainer takes the lead and walks Rachel around the area. Then at some point the horse jumps over the logs on the ground. A tiny step in the whole jumping and riding thing.
You must understand, this is very frustrating for an experienced barrel racer to have no control how she operates the horse. She is young and she thinks young. In her mind, she wants to get on her horse and go....., but she is learning to take the journey back in baby steps.
She feels it physically after each lesson. Even with the little bit they do do, she is in pain for a few days after.
Poor thing, thank God for Physio and massages.
I thank God......period. And that is between God and me. Someday I hope I can talk about what this whole experience has meant to me, but for now, just way too raw.
|Here they are working on back exercises and posture|
Next week I do believe they start trotting..... a slow trot.
At a very early age she has been taught Western riding, here she is riding English.
She says it's a bit different, but nothing she can't handle.......you go girl! :)
|Juno the horse with Rachel and her brother in the background.|
She will never barrel race again. But she is hoping to at least be able to ride comfortably on these magnificent beasts again.
A long journey back indeed.