Mr. Peavy's grandson, who has cerebral palsy, had ridden Shanna for many years. Mr. Peavy patiently allowed Naomi to carry the blanket and the saddle. He showed her how to put them on and talked to her about horse safety. Naomi quietly took it all in and did her best to do as Mr. Peavy asked.
Both Miss Chris and Mr. Peavy were impressed with how well Naomi did. Mr. Peavy told me that he'd never totally held back and let a rider control the horse herself on their first ride. "It was all her!" he assured me, "I just walked beside her." It may not be too many lessons before they can take the lead rope off and allow Naomi to work with Shanna herself.
Naomi was quietly pleased on the way home--I think it was so much to take in. She showed more excitement when her sisters asked her about the lesson before bed. And this morning she is all beaming and chattery, talking about how much fun it was and how she can't wait for next Thursday to come. "Now it will be even harder to wait for next Thursday," she giggled, "because I know how much I like it."