Wow, this is my 200th blog post!
Thane goes into the Freedom Riders stable for the first time, safely in Daddy's arms. He handled everything beautifully!
He was a little hesitant at first to pet Lucy. He wanted to rename her Pinto, like his Fur Real Pony, which is named after a horse in Dora or Diego.
He did pet her a couple of times! She's the smallest we saw and very seems very sweet.
Braeden got to know Lucy, too.
There were a lot of beautiful horses. Quite a variety, and all very pretty.
It was really easy to get Thane to try on a special hat for riding horses.
He looked so cute -- I wish the lighting was better but I didn't want to use a flash in case it bothered the horses.
What a cute silhouette!
Thane did not like the idea of the belt at all, but because he won't be in a saddle it is important to have some handles so the guides can hold onto him. He'll be working with three people -- one leading the horse, and two on either side to keep him safe.
The big open indoor arena was appealing for a good run -- something he won't be able to do once therapy starts! We were lucky because I asked if I could come by and get some photos and they let us all come in for a look. He starts riding in two weeks!!!
He kept the hat/helmet on for 5 minutes, which is pretty good for him. We didn't bother to take one home as he really seemed like he was going to adjust to this well. I am sure he will be scared when he first gets on a real horse, but I think he'll decide to like it pretty quick.
His team will help him do things for himself from the start -- here he is getting out of the belt.
It may work out that Braeden can come with us and watch, which would be nice (and helpful for me) . . . but he may be starting up with the theater troupe being formed in town. He also begins spring sailing the same week as Thane starts horseback riding. I have to say, I think my kids are pretty darn lucky they get to do these things.