first going into it we didn't really know what to expect but off we went! bens first week was an intro time. they got to know a few of the horses and staff and participate in a few activities. the following week he learned about grooming and leading and the third week he started riding! they don't allow the participants to use a saddle but they call it a sir single. it's pretty much a soft pad with handles. this teaches the rider to use their body and core for support. Ben lasted about 15 min before he was just super tired.
in the beginning ben was only able to stay on for short times and was super supported by two guys walking next to him. last week he rode for 45 minutes and with no support. he even said his abs and core were sore! this past week he even challenged himself to ride with both hands on his thighs and then on his head.
bens still learning new things each week and also needs some support but each week he does better and better! his goal is to ride all alone around the whole arena!
**thanks for all of the congrats and well wishes on baby rye! we hit 20 weeks this past thursday and all is going well! would appreciate your prayer for bens continued complete healing and the remainder of a healthy pregnancy and baby! will keep you updated! :)