“Being raised with horses, I grew to understand their love and behavior. Most of all, I learned what a horse can bring to a child’s small world.”
My name is Lynn. I grew up with horses all of my life, but did not have the experience of owning my own horse from a young age.
Rather, I went to my grandparents house in Michigan as much as possible to learn about horses through grooming and caring for their racing Standarbreds. I loved going to the track and watching my grandpa race every summer. I learned a lot about life and patience when it came to controlling twelve hundred pound animals.
When I was about ten years old, I convinced my mom to let me take English riding lessons. I took lessons for about two years, and attended a few local shows.
Fast forward to the years beyond high school; I was twenty years old and had just discovered I was pregnant. I did not know Dustin had Down Syndrome until he was born; all of the tests performed were negative for abnormalities. The doctors recommended that, because of my age, I should give up my son for adoption. I did a lot of crying, being angry, and wondering “why,” as I suspect a lot of new mothers do.
Dustin has fought through many challenges in his short life. He stopped breathing at home, had open heart surgery, medication to keep his heart pumping, multiple ear tubes, RSV, phenomena and bronchitis every year, and genetic counseling. He has been my greatest teacher. He is an amazing boy who faces every thing in life with a smile and knows no stranger. He knows exactly what he needs to do at the doctors office, and never cries about shots. We as a society could learn a lot from these kids.
In 2007 I was working towards a Masters Degree in Human Resource Development and Dustin became very ill. I rushed him to the emergency room with a 104.7 temperature. He had pneumonia. Again. He was in an oxygen tent, and on an air tube for a full week.
I decided to quit my full time desk job to be with my son, and to work on my dream of running a Therapeutic Riding Center. Now I have two sons, and the program is expanding soon to offer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and also Hippotherapy. I am a big believer in changing your path if you are not happy with your life, and the fact that you are never to old to be happy.