Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Cowboy Up!
Little Bug LOVES horses. When we lived in Oregon we did hippotherapy or horseback riding therapy. It was amazing. When we first went out they put him on a horse, just to see if he'd even get on. Brownie was his name and for Little Bug, it was love at first sight. The problem with Brownie was that he was HUGE. Too big for Little Bug to ride. When we came back for lessons/therapy they tried to put him on a mini named Pegasus. Screaming and crying ensued. Next lesson we got Chip. More screaming and crying. We were going to stick with Chip, but he hurt his foot and the next horse in line: Brownie. He climbed on and smiled. He was home. He felt so comfortable on that horses back that Little Bug would lay down while Brownie walked (FYI: there were always 4 people with Little Bug and the horse - the instructor, the leader, and one person on each side of the horse holding Bug's legs). He was in heaven. As part of this program they participated in a rodeo for kids with special needs. The first year, Little Bug was too young. Last year we moved one week before the rodeo. There is horseback riding therapy down here, but the school told us he was too little and wouldn't help in getting the information until the end of school when the program had ended for the year (the riding place takes it's students through the school system unless they are home bound). We're hoping to change that this winter and get him in the program. We'll probably have to put our boxing gloves on, but it will be worth it.
I think Little Bug would love the rodeos and I've always felt a little guilty that we missed last years. But, today that all changes. You see, I caught wind of a rodeo in a town not far from here that pairs up their professional cowboys and cowgirls with these special needs kids and they go and do their rodeo stuff. I have no idea what that all entails, but I think it will be great just to see Bug on a horse again!
So, dust off your boots and shimmy into those Wranglers! We're going to the rodeo!

15 comments:

so grateful to be Mormon! said...

yippy-i-ko, girl! sounds great! you go. awesome awesome that you are willing to fight for your little guy. proud of you, kathleen :)

ps. i'm firsty!

Yvonne said...

I am so excited for him--what great fun. I hope he has a wonderful time and that you take pictures!!! Maybe there will be a horse just like Brownie.

Tonya said...

That sounds so awesome. I have a feeling that they will see things your way. I have always had a great love of horses and someday when I'm rich (hey, I can dream) I want to have a ranch out in eastern Oregon. Hope you guys have fun. Cowboy up!!

Heather said...

Where there's a will theres a way! I can't wait to hear how it turned out and see the pictures.

diana said...

how wonderful. i've heard of this therapy and it always sounded fun and effective. i'll look forward to status reports.

Holly said...

What fun. Our rodeo in California always had a special event for the special needs kids and the cowboys. I think the rodeo here might do that too.

It's such a cool program.

Kimberly said...

Coolness! I got to go horseback riding for my birthday this year - looooved it!

Summer said...

I've never been to a rodeo but I think it would be fun. I hope you guys have good time!

Jean Knee said...

rodeos are fun. we took my MIL to one and she liked it until she found out how they make the bucking broncos buck.
we have a stable like that down the road from us. the coolest part is they do it for free.

wynne said...

Whoa. A rodeo, huh? I thought those were just in the movies...cool.

wynne said...

By the way--I recognize bits of that header! Hooray for shabby princess!

JustRandi said...

woo hoo! Break out the cowboy boots. I think you've got the makings of a real cowboy there!

kailani said...

I bet Little Bug will have a blast! Don't forget to take lots of photos!

Nancy Face said...

How wonderful and exciting! I hope you get some good pictures that you'll enjoy! I bet it was cute to see Little Bug on Brownie, when he was such a big horse! :D

so grateful to be Mormon! said...

rawhide!
howdy melissa, hope your rodeo pokies are doing well this day :)