4H Fair 2018
We brilliantly decided to have Daddy take the afternoon off work for a fair wristband day and invited along a friend for the Nugget so we'd have a peaceful foursome instead of our usual squabbling trio...but of course it was the day it felt like 104F...yikes!
Best part of the day - finding this amazing giant moth! Well, maybe the best part for me, Hubby was slightly horrified. Worst part - witnessing a grown woman lose her lunch on the sidewalk (heat exhaustion, probably) which basically traumatized the Nugget.
A couple days later, Spork got to ride at the fair with his hippotherapy stable. If you are considering hippotherapy for any reason, DO IT! It has made such a positive change in Spork, and look how proud he is with his riding skills. There are almost always scholarships to be had since accredited PATH stables draw a lot of grants and private donors. Equine therapy is OT plus behavioral therapy rolled into one. The horse is not only a motivating factor but also a controlling factor; you can't act wild around a horse, you have to listen and pay attention so you don't fall, you have to give the horse the right amount of personal space, you can grow empathy for a horse before you can for a human because the horse gives more and asks little. The horse's loud heartbeat and breath also are soothing and regulating. I can wax on about the magic of rider, horse, and volunteer, but it's science and it's magic.