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Today, HW, a regular rider, got her share of independence when she rode without the aid of a lead-walker! Lead-walkers typically guide horses with riders around the area as the rider has their lesson. These leaders are essential volunteers; however, we like to allow our riders to do as much as they can by themselves. This is important, especially in the case of someone who is differently-abled, because they so often have things done for them, or are told they are unable to do things. HW loved her chance to be the in-charge leader today, and she did such a great job. Congratulations, HW!
About a month ago, FC (a seven year old client) was riding during a lesson and talking about unicorns; he has a very active imagination. I was sidewalking for FC, and he suddenly turned to me and asked, "How do unicorns become unicorns?" Taken by surprise, I answered, "I don't know." But he didn't need me to answer this question for him. He came up with his own answer: "Maybe it's when a horse is so loved that it gets to become magical." What a sweet and thoughtful idea!!