For several months, Christina focused on simply riding the horse with Clayton. Getting him used to the horse, stretching his legs, forcing him to use his abdominal muscles, etc. It was slow going, but definitely needed in order to get Clayton totally adjusted to the saddle.
But in these last few weeks, she's started to push him. Pushing his balance, pushing his abs, and pushing his comfort zone. It's been interesting to watch the transition! And while any stranger passing by wouldn't think there was anything to these exercises, as his mother, I think it's pretty exciting!
So many complex things happening with his body in an entirely different environment. An environment that he can actually continue to excel in--how cool would it be if he could become proficient enough in balance and coordination to let the horse be his legs in different settings?! Gives me goosebumps to think about the possibilities . . .
I don't think he gets that these skills could open doors for him. All he knows is at the end of his lesson, if he's done well, he gets a ride with Ms. Toby on the four wheeler.
If that's what gets him motivated, then ride, baby, ride!