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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ryan's Friend, Cody

My nephew Ryan is five years old, and he's on the autism spectrum.  He's improved tremendously in the past few years, and one place my sister has taken him to is Miracles in Motion located just outside of Swisher, IA.  I decided to see for myself how Ryan was riding his horse.  It was such a great experience!

Here's Ryan patiently waiting for his horse, Cody to come pick him up.  

Cody has arrived!  Ryan has to pet him before his speech therapist, Sue, can help him on Cody.

Ryan had a big smile on his face through the 30 minute session.  These are volunteers who help with the kids.  Cody is a very patient horse, and the volunteers are wonderful with the kids.

One final pet for Cody.  Sue worked with Ryan on naming parts of the horse, saying "Whoa" and "Trot" (Ryan's favorite part) and keeping himself up straight on Cody.






After his ride, we walked around the farm, and Ryan stood still long enough to get a picture with his Aunt Susie.  A drink out of a Sponge Bob cup,  a  kiss goodbye for me,  and another session done with Ryan's new found friend Cody.  I don't get to be around horses much, but when I do get to  pet their noses and talk to them, I remember why it's so easy to love horses.   I think I can get a small pony for my backyard.  I'm sure the neighbors wouldn't mind at all!

3 comments:

  1. That's awesome! Did you know that I used to volunteer at Miracles in Motion. When I was a sophomore in college I volunteered there for a year and loved it. I haven't seen Ryan in forever! I miss you guys!

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  2. I didn't know that, Amber! It made me wonder about volunteering, too. Maybe someday! We miss you too, kiddo.

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  3. What a handsome boy! Turtle & I will bring apples & sugar cubes for your backyard pony :D

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