Adults and children giggle, whisper, point as my teen son happily splashes in the shallow end of the pool.
At the mall, little children run into him and fall down. Not my son’s fault! But, he gets lambasted by the mothers because he is a big guy who walks away rather than helping the child up.
He can’t seem to do anything right.
It’s a cruel, judgemental world.
He tries so hard. No wonder he is so anxious.
Yet at Square Peg, there is peace. The sun shines, trees sway with a gentle breeze.
There is a calmness that envelopes the ranch. Positive energy emanates from everywhere: the people, the animals, the land.
Connor gets on a horse and he is transformed. No one looks at him except in awe of his posture, his natural seat, his command of the reins. He doesn’t flap his hands, he rarely vocalizes. He is one with the horse. He is in his heaven. He loves to ride. Walk or trot. Trail or arena. He doesn’t care. Fifteen minutes or an hour. He just needs to be on a horse.
At Square Peg, Connor has no disability. The world isn’t hard.
My son who struggles to pay attention, especially to people speaking, pays rapt attention to his instructor. He does everything in his power to do exactly as she instructs. But, she is not judging. She is not dictating. She gently leads him. Where would he like to go in the ring? His choice. Would he like to trot or walk?
She is teaching him to make choices. To be more independent. To let him know his opinion counts. To have confidence in himself. To be successful on his own terms.
LaDonna Ford – a Square Peg mom
And, he thinks he is there for the horses.
The Kunze Family has offered up a challenge to raise funds for Square Peg. Every dollar you donate between now and the end of the year will be matched up to $10,000! Your support is a lifeline to families like Connor's and to the horses who call Square Peg their sanctuary. We are so grateful for your support.