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!