Jared DeMorett has Cru De Chi syndrome. It is most pronounced at birth by a cat like cry. Jared has very loose joints and developmental delays in all areas. Skills have come slowly to him and have been hard fought. He has had school services and outpatient rehab since birth. When he was three years old he entered our program hoping to establish relationships with his volunteers and develop a relationship with his beloved pony, Velvet. Skills supplemented by riding have helped increase his ability to walk, talk, socialize, steer and begin to reason. It has helped increased his focus, strength and mobility. Riding with Mounted Eagles has given Jared his own social outlet and given him an appreciation for animals.
When Jared started riding with us, he tried hard but found it difficult to participate beyond a certain point physically. Until one day 5 years later at the recommendation of his physical therapist and special education teacher from Lindberg School in Little Falls, he donned a “body suit” that compressed his joints and supported his musculature. This enabled him to control his muscles, focus on our requests and what was happening around him. Since that very day he came with his “suit” on he has been able to pick up the reins and pull better to turn and pull back better to stop his horse. His legs “squeeze” his horse to go with more definition than before.
Mom said when she says it is time to go to the barn he goes right out to the car and gets excited as they near the driveway. He comes in and willingly accepts his helmet and goes right to the arena door – pressing his little face to the glass to watch and wait for his turn. These days he has graduated to a larger horse. As he stands on the block, he flails his arms and moves around with excitement as he waits for his horse to come into the block to mount. He warms up, does his exercises, and goes into the track to work on his skills with the help of his sidewalker and horse leader. He enjoys playing “Simon Says” with the other riders. He looks to the others to make sure of what Simon did say and how he should respond. He has even led the others in the game and is so pleased with himself.
Just recently after 6 years of riding with us, his family has made a move to Tower, Minnesota. He will be entering the third grade with his daddy as the principle of his school. When he is not with us, he enjoys playing with his hot wheel cars and riding next to daddy in their specially adapted bike. Jared’s little enquiring eyes and eagerness to be with us are missed and we wish them a wonderful life up north in their new home.
Congratulations, Jared. We are so proud of you