Every Wednesday I drive an hour away from my home for hippotherapy or therapeutic horseback riding at Equestrian Connection in Lake Forest. There are a ton of benefits to riding a horse for people with mobility issues including help with gait, balance, coordination, strength and cognition problems. I had a new instructor today who had received the message loud and clear to push me beyond my comfort level. Sometimes it takes a new set of eyes to really challenge the status quo because I've been riding for over 3 years now and am more than ready to try new skills. Today I got to take the horse on a fast trot off lead which initially frightened me a bit since it was the first time but I did it and am so proud of my small accomplishment. Sport of any kind can be a confidence booster, especially if you have a disability. Today has me wondering what other athletic endeavor I might be missing out on because of what I perceive are my limitations. I used to be a pretty decent skier when I was younger so that might be something to try again with modifications of course. The moral of this story is that we are all capable of more than we think possible regardless of our physical condition so live your life to the fullest.
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