Wednesday, October 14, 2009

First Hippotherapy session

Yesterday Emily had her first hippotherapy appointment. For the first 30 minutes, the PT did some regular exercises with her. Unfortunately, those exercises ended with her on her belly - she DOES NOT like to be on her belly. So she was pretty worked up when we headed to the barn. I think she was a little nervous about the horse at first too.

The cool thing was, as soon as they laid her on the back of the horse, she calmed down almost immediately. She wore her Hensinger Support collar and they laid her on a Boppy pillow. Two ladies held onto her as they walked around the barn.
She kept trying to pull her head up as she went around. After about 4 times around, we stopped and she started to whine. That is her way of saying "I am not done, I want some more!". So we went around again.

Eventually the therapist turned her over on her belly. She wasn't happy about that. I think she cried the whole time. The girl knows what she does and does not like!
We then put her TLSO on and sat her up on the horse. She cried at first, but as we got moving, she quieted down and just looked around. I think she will really benefit from this new therapy. She will definitely have to get used to some new things, but I think she will do just fine.

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Here is a short video of Emily laying on the horse. We took quite a few short videos. I tried to add another one of her sitting up, but Blogger would not allow that, so I will have to share that on another post.


Michelle said...

Despite the protests of being on her tummy it looks like this was a successful first hippotherapy appt! Glad it worked out!

Kerrie said...

Thanks for the pics!! I was really beginning to wonder how that was gonna work with Aidan being so floppy!! Glad she enjoyed it, wish they didn't have to end with tummy time though!!

Alison said...

That looks great - I have heard great things about horse riding for kids with disabilities.

Big brother, Little sister. said...

Looks fantastic! inspired me to check it out for coops xo I know the whole hating the tummy thing too! Took us a good 2 years to get over that one too :) Bron

Stephanie's Mommy Brain said...

Wow! Sounds like this was a night and day difference compared to the water therapy! I'm so glad to hear you all enjoyed the experience.

MaggieMae said...

That is so cool! What a great therapeutic tool and what an awesome opportunity for Emily. My Mom's husband has CP. He's done very well in life despite the limitations the doctors told his parents he would surely encounter. He achieved multiple degrees, had a steady good-paying job he's now retired from at 68 and is about to publish his first Christian Mystery novel. There are no limits except those we impose on ourselves (or others). God bless you all! And, GO EMILY!

Katy said...

That looks so cool!!!! She is going to learn so much.

Jenkins said...

Goosebumps...that is so cool!
She is amazing on that horse!

Kristina said...

Looks like adding Hippotherapy was a good decisions. Way to go, Emily!