Hippotherapy (therapeutic horseback riding):

Malorie rides therapeutically at the Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding in Rockford, MI. She started riding in early spring of 2005 - at the age of 3 1/2. She has always ridden 2 different ponies - Silver & Freckles - and now she rides on a full-size horse (Holly) with a trainer on the horse with her.  She rides for a 30-minute session - once per week (Tuesdays). Riding horses is something we never dreamed that would be possible for Malorie - but now it is - thanks to the few therapeutic medications that she's been taking.  She loves shouting "walk on" or "whoa" - or best of all "trot!" - she loves trotting!  What a big girl! 


Aquatic Therapy
Malorie swims at the therapeutic pool at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital once a week.  In the pool, she is able to stretch more freely, and work on maintaining range of motion - not to mention having fun!  Malorie can now swim 1/2 the length of the pool on her own - a goal reached - yippee!



Therapeutic Recreation
Malorie is a part of the Grand Rapids Eagles wheelchair sports team.  The team practices once week - at all different sports -- bocce ball (Malorie's best event!), slalom, track & field, cross country, etc.  This is lead by therapists from Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital as well.