Today I watched one of my longtime students compete in the Special Olympics horse show. It was a whole different experience for me, like no other I have ever had in the horse world.
I feel I have seen a lot in my life with horses and had a lot of different experiences, but this was something new and interesting.
Safety was obviously a big priority and everything that happened at the show was done in the safest way possible. For example, in the equitation class, all the riders trotted one at a time. There were a variety of classes, equitation, trail, dressage, and even barrels. The riders rode with whatever accommodations they needed to be able to safely compete. Some rode independently, some just had someone hold them with a leadline. Others had side walkers helping to support them.
Extra Special Horses
The horses in this horse show were a variety of different breeds and colors. There were some fjords, a few paints, my student was on a quarter horse. There was a trigger looking Palomino and a red roan drafty thing with the cutest face ever.
I say that my lesson horses are extra special “unicorns” that are almost impossible to find. These horses were on a whole different level. Most of them were probably older. You could look at them and tell they had a calm and gentle nature.
An Experience Like None I Have Ever Had With Horses
This was a whole new experience for me. I have been to lots of horse shows and competitions, this was totally different though. Not only the show it’s self was different. It was a different atmosphere. One that showed teamwork and dedication.
It is obvious that lots of people put a ton of time and energy into providing this opportunity for these riders to get to compete. It was quite inspiring to see!