This week has been a busy week but exciting that we are getting back into the swing of things. Our session slots are filling up and the horses have been happy seeing old friends come back and meeting our new ones that are just starting. One of the privileges of my job is getting the opportunity to get to know each child and their families and being able to walk with them for a time on this journey we call life. Each child is here for a different reason and it is exciting to discover why they are here and have an opportunity to make a difference in their life. Some ways that we are here to help is giving children the opportunity to meet new friends, to empower them with confidence or better self-esteem, to show them that life is worth living or making a dream come true by providing them with the opportunity to work with a horse.
This past week one of our sessions took my breath away that can only happen in those perfect moments when time and space stand still and you witness something supernatural.
We had a new child start that is 10 years old. She has had multiple severe epileptic seizures that have caused scarring in her brain that prohibits some of the brain waves to connect. She is behind in school and attention can be difficult for her and is distracted easily. Her family is looking to the horses to help stimulate cognitive activity and growth in a way that traditional classroom cannot do to hopefully ignite areas in her brain that otherwise may not.
Her horse to work with was Cheeto and she was so excited she could hardly stand it. She had worn boots to school that day in order to be ready for her time to ride. The moment she sat in the saddle her face lit up like the morning sun. As she began to relax her mind was able to slow down as she connected with Cheeto. She waved at her family as we walked by beaming from ear to ear. She began asking questions and telling us about her dog and her family in complete thoughts. At times she would rest her hand on Cheeto’s neck and slowly pat him, allowing her hand to linger at times. She noted how soft he felt and it seemed she could read so much just through the touch of her hand. She was content, happy, relaxed, and focused.
After the ride and she was on the ground, she took the time to look deep into his eye commenting on its size. She noticed that Cheeto was licking my hand and she put her tiny hand in mine in order to feel his tongue. She would slowly lay her hand on his neck and let it slide down the length of it savoring every moment of it. She put her hand by his nostril so she could feel his warm breath gently blowing on it.
So much went through my mind as I stood and watched this happen. Time had stood still for this child and her complete focus was on this pony. You could see the depth of communication that was transpiring through her senses and as she touched him it was as though they were having a private conversation that reached deep within this child. It was as though God, through this pony, let this little girl know she was special and perfect in every way. At times people may not be able to understand her but at this moment, Cheeto understood everything and she was communicating to him perfectly.
At the end of her session, she wrapped her arms around his neck and gave him a warm embrace and kissed him on his nose. Cheeto willingly brought his head and neck down and did not pull away. At that moment, they bonded.
Everyone who has prayed for our program, contributed money or have offered words of encouragement were part of what made this special moment possible. There are life changing moments each day that we are able to be open. It takes quite a team for the outreach we do at Stillwater Stables to be able to happen. Thank you for making a difference in the life of this child and the others that are a part of our program.
For His Kids