16 August 2011

Horseback riding update: Julia’s weekly lessons are beginning to melt into our schedule. Today, for the first time, Julia was not anxious about her lesson. She still remembers little from week to week, but her demeanor is quieter and she is following directions. There were only two aides for each rider today. Now, it could have been there were not enough volunteers to give each kid a third aide, but I prefer to believe that the three young riders are now able proficient enough to lose one of their helpers. The new skill was posting -- that funny, rhythmic bouncing that riders do when horses trot. It will take more than one lesson to learn this one, but Julia did it for a few seconds a number of times.

I am ready to sign her up for another round of lessons. I hope that there will be a class that can fit into our busy schedule.

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