When Stanley joined the elementary school group that was planning to ride with us this spring, his teachers wondered if he would be able to participate like his peers.
Stanley is five years old and has double, above-the-knee amputations. Though he wears prosthetics and has great upper body strength, he is unable to walk; using a wheelchair to get around. Stanley is also non-verbal but communicates through sounds and expressions.
His first contact with his horse, Baby, was a defining moment; for six weeks we saw him progress beyond all expectations.
It took two instructors (one to teach, the other as a spotter), a horse, a specially adapted saddle, a horse leader, and two sidewalkers for Stanley to ride for half an hour.