The opportunity to participate in The Ray of Sunshine Equestrian Therapy program couldn’t have come at a better time for me. After receiving some upsetting news, I had been unable to sleep for weeks, and was so worn out that I considered canceling my session. After touching base with Lia I learned that she and her volunteers would accommodate whatever level of physical activity I was capable of, and so I decided to go. As it turned out, being in the fresh air and sunshine on a beautiful ranch healed my soul in ways I couldn’t have imagined.
For several hours all of my worries melted away as I learned how to brush, saddle and ride one of the programs wonderfully trained horses a handsome gelding named Marco. And once I was on top of that horse I felt so alive! I learned that riding a horse (even if you are just being led at a walk, which is all I was able to do), is truly a therapeutic practice because riding forces you to be completely present and in the now. For me it was such a relief to get a mini-vacation from my own thoughts, doubts, fears, etc and just enjoy being out in the sunshine with a horse.
Spending time with Lia (who is a cancer-survivor and an inspiration in herself) and her passionate and knowledgeable volunteers was also fantastic. After a few hours in the outdoors I felt like a new woman! I left the ranch with a feeling of inner peace, newfound hope for my future, and went on to enjoy the best night of sleep I have had since being diagnosed.
Thank you Lia and Ray of Sunshine!!