By request, pictures from Sam's first hippotherapy session:
She surprised me -- horses are BIG and kind of intimidating, so I expected some tears and shyness, but there were none. She was just SUPER serious. No smiles. Just serious. But at the end, she signed "more more more," so we are very excited to go back! She'll be having hippotherapy two times per month -- this isn't covered by the regional center, but is something we have to pay for out-of-pocket and yes, it is another thing to fit into her insane little life, BUT (1) this doesn't seem like work, just fun and (2) hippotherapy seems to be EVERY PT, orthopedist, physiatrist (etc.)'s no. 1 recommendation for building trunk strength. So, there ya go ... hippotherapy!
(PS: We were a little surprised they didn't supply helmets -- even if someone was holding her pants the whole time, but her purple (of course) helmet has now been ordered by yours truly!).