Dreamcatcher Therapeutic Horseback Riding

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  • Nap-time, Nocturnal Seizures
    by haleyismyhero on April 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM
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    This has become a way of life for our family in 2013-14. Almost every time she falls asleep she starts to have a cluster of seizures. We will intercede with a "rescue" drug and that will buy us a day without seizures, possibly two. Then we return to the sleeping generalized tonic clonic seizures. Our hope is that Medical Cannabis could help Haley. We have been told by her neurologist in February of 2014, that there is nothing left for her to try in the world of traditional pharmaceuticals.

  • Haley's Favorite Restaurant
    by Haley's mom on November 2, 2011 at 10:52 PM
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    With the addition of Haley's latest drug, Stiripentol, we have noticed Haley has more language and has been able to request to go places by "name". For example she says, "I want to go to the store". I will respond telling her we are going to the store. Haley will then say, "No, I want to go to the store with the red dot!" Of course that is Target! Recently she requested to go to the restaurant with "two doors and a pickle". I don't know what was more impressive, that she realized this restaurant, Five Guys Burgers, had two sets of doors, or that I totally understood where she wanted to go!

  • More Dreamcatchers
    by haleyismyhero on February 28, 2009 at 1:01 PM
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    Haley gives the command "whoa" and uses her reins properly. Then announces she would now like to play the drums.

  • Tennessee Walking Horse
    by haleyismyhero on February 28, 2009 at 12:42 PM
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    Haley on Charlie, a Tennessee Walking horse. As Charlie walks, Haley gets shifted side to side. They say it is characteristic of a Tennessee Walking horse. The lateral movement is good for Haley because it will help strengthen her core muscle. Dravet syndrome has caused her to be low tone. If she sits too long, she slouches. Therefore it is good to be challenged through riding Charlie and other exercises they do on the horse. Thankfully (as you will see in this video) her side walkers will adjust her if she gets shifted too far over.

  • Charlie's unusual habit
    by haleyismyhero on February 27, 2009 at 5:57 PM
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    Charlie has a weird habit of "chattering". He sticks out his tongue and bites it and then claps his lips together. He is quirky and so is Haley. They make a great pair!!

  • Giddy-Ha!
    by haleyismyhero on February 27, 2009 at 5:42 PM
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    Haley riding Charlie at Dreamcatchers. She gives the commands to "walk on" and "trot".  The "side walkers" hold onto Haley's heels to make sure she is secure when they go to a trot.  She gets so tickled by going fast that she can not stay upright in the saddle. After the trot you will hear her say, "giddy-ha!". This is HER word that she made up when she was around two. She says it whenever something is really exciting and fun. Going fast on Charlie fulfills that criteria!

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