Our girl Jalyn turned 18 this week and asked if all the other SRRS students would join her for a trail ride to celebrate. I think all but one or two showed up, so it was a big group and we put every single lesson horse to use (minus Johnny, who is living at a different barn this summer with the little girl who's leasing him. He and his hilarious trail antics were missed.)
Jalyn was one of my very first students. She came to the program through recommendation from her counselor who thought horseback riding might help manage her Aspergers, but Jalyn quickly moved on from the Therapeutic Riding program that is offered at Sioux River Stables and into my regular lesson program.
Jalyn is an absolute joy to teach...she is extremely receptive to information and critique, makes corrections in her riding with ease, and is wonderfully patient, intuitive and compassionate with the horses. She comes out to ride multiple times a week and will jump on any horse at the barn that is available. Because of her willingness to try new things, she has advanced extremely quickly in her skill level over the past three years. Not only is she a great rider and student but she is a truly loyal friend to all the people who are lucky to know her.
Thanks to all the students who came out to ride yesterday–it was a blast! You all showed your supreme horsewomenship skills by being able to remain in control the whole time and keep your horses happy even though we went through some interesting terrain...mud/water, woods (literally bush-whacking for a little stretch), and along a busy highway! You all rock!