Danny joined the RTRA family in 2002 at the age of 4 and is now graduating from our therapeutic riding program. Danny’s parents have agreed to share his story……
Our son was born healthy and happy, but as the months rolled by we noticed that physically he wasn’t progressing like other babies. Doctors told us to give it time, but after 15 months they agreed he needed tests to determine the problem. Danny could sit up and roll over, but he couldn’t crawl and he had no support in his legs at all.
After all the tests were done, it was determined he was born with low muscle tone and he needed a lot of strengthening.
Here is an excerpt from a letter written by Rebekah’s parents. You can read the complete letter by clicking on the link below…
Dear Frances, Sandra, Bev, Erinn and RTES Board Members:
I would like to sincerely thank you all for continuing with the therapeutic riding program for children with disabilities. It is because of your ongoing effort that children like my daughter are being helped in so many different ways.
Rebekah was born with a condition called ocular motor apraxia, which means that she has difficulty moving her eyes. This greatly affects her balance. She did not walk until she was 25 months old and even then she was prone to injuries from falling because of her balance. She was working with different people, including a physiotherapist. Since starting the riding program with RTES this past year, Rebekah has shown great improvement not only in her balance, but also in her core strength and confidence. Her physiotherapist, who she continues to see, has noted and commented on this. He is familiar with the program and knows other children who participate.