Yay! I am so excited! Eden had her very first hippotherapy session on Wednesday. She did an incredible job, and I am so proud of her.
Hippotherapy is basically just physical therapy on a horse. The horses movements mimic the pattern of human walking, and require the rider to use their core muscles for trunk support, while at the same time really stretching those adductor muscles on the inside of the legs. Exactly what Eden needs.
Plus, it's really, really fun, making it that much better.
I have to admit that I had an emotional moment at the beginning. I can't describe the feeling, except that it was a combination of pride, joy, and absolute panic. I thought that I would be involved in the process. You know, helping get her on the horse, helping hold her while they led the horse...something. But the therapist took her from me, and she went willingly. And that was it. I was supposed to sit on the bench and watch. Gasp.
I guess it was separation anxiety that I was feeling, stemming from that relinquishing of control. I have been completely involved in everything that Eden has ever done, especially when it's something big and new. I KNOW what she is thinking and feeling, and I know how to help her manage her body and tone. I know what she needs and it was hard for me to take a step back and let her be independent, separate from me or from her dad. I know I've gotta do it, but it's not going to be easy.
It was just a small taste of what we have in store when she goes to school. A mere 31 days from today...