Susan W.


I would wholeheartedly recommend the Ray of Sunshine Equestrian Therapy Program. Led by the bright, energetic, experienced and compassionate young woman, Lia Gennaro, it is a genuinely well rounded program. There is a diverse assortment of activities ranging from brushing and grooming a horse, being led while sitting on a horse, to riding in an arena. In addition, you are surrounded by the beauty of nature, the Twin Oaks Valley Mountains, and the feeling of being ‘away from it all’.

As a cancer survivor one of the hardest tasks for me is to reduce the stress in my life. There are always so many decisions to be made sometimes quickly and without thought. Being at the Ray of Sunshine Equestrian Therapy Ranch I was able to just breathe. Up on the horse the air was fresher, cleaner, pure. I felt like I could breathe.

A cancer diagnosis showed me how temporary things can be. I watched my body change, noticing the day to day fluctuations. And then the steady transformation over the years as I got stronger. I learned to accept that nothing is permanent and that each day will be different. The time at RSET allowed me to continue to let go of preconceived ideas of what I can or cannot do. I welcome every possibility.

The horse was calm and that had a calming effect on me. I noticed my breath get deeper, slow down, soften, relax. Yet, I was very excited to be around the horse, so as my breath was slowing down, my heart was beating faster with anticipation. I could feel the sun warming my skin. All of my senses were heightened. It is a great thing to be in touch with your body. To turn your attention to the body through the breath is a practice that is enhanced at this great program!