Chris began riding at We Can Ride at the age of 5. Cerebral palsy and an anxiety disorder played a big part in Chris’s world, so adapting to new situations and being confident in his abilities had been a struggle. But what began as a horseback riding lesson has turned into so much more. It has impacted his life!
Chris has always felt a great sense of accomplishment from his relationship with his horse and his ability to ride, but over the past 15 years his insecurity about trotting was a big obstacle—it was too intimidating! But at the same time he wanted to conquer that fear. In the spring session of 2014, Chris decided it was time to make trotting his goal. This was the year he said, “I can!”
Through the consistency of his instructor and horse, and the encouragement from family and volunteers, Chris brought his trusted steed Buddy in to a trot for the first time! What a great accomplishment! Not only has he achieved the trot but he is now able to imagine, with excitement, the thought of riding a “new” horse.
Through all the changes in life and adventures in new hobbies, We Can Ride has been the consistency that Chris has needed. Riding has allowed him to grow in confidence, strength, balance, the ability to calm himself in a stressful situation, and a sense of community he has found nowhere else!
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