Opening Doors to the Future
for Breast Cancer Survivors in the Rogue Valley
Riding Beyond is a free program for women experiencing the rigors of breast cancer treatment, to revitalize the whole person and help heal emotionally, physically, and spiritually, through carefully designed, guided interactions with horses. Exercises in four sessions improve blood circulation and oxygenation, respiration and blood pressure, as well as balance, strength, and endurance. Activities also include poetry, story telling, music and powerful exercises to refresh body, mind and spirit.
A Snapshot of a Morning at Riding Beyond
Meeting the Crew – Trish and the Volunteers
This is a time to get acquainted with everyone involved in the program and to hear inspirational writings and to share experiences we have been having (or will have soon) with the program.
When all the people introductions are done we move out to the corral to meet Mystic. You will have a chance to get acquainted with her, maybe brush her and also learn about horses in general. She will enjoy checking you out too.
After meeting Mystic, you will be invited to practice mounting & dismounting a horse using a “barrel horse.” The barrel horse is an interesting and useful contraption that will help you get comfortable with the mechanics of getting on and off a horse and also moving into positions on the horse that are specific to this program (read more in the link provided below).
Things You Will Learn
You will learn many things about horses and about Mystic specifically. Trish is a wealth of information and will give you tips that will help you be more comfortable with Mystic right from the start. Your interaction with Mystic will be a great teacher of not just horse knowledge but self-knowledge also.
Activities with Mystic
Both being with Mystic (on the ground) and riding Mystic are special experiences that are very unique to each person. Not all participants will engage in the same activities with Mystic. Some participants will lay on Mystic to soak in her relaxing and nourishing energy. Some will receive the same benefit from just being near her and working with her in the ground. Music is sometimes used to help bring horse and rider into synchronicity & to facilitate further bonding. Music can be a very powerful catalyst for some.
For more details about a day at the barn, read on………
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July, August, September Sessions
Questions? Call (541) 482-6210
View local television coverage of Riding Beyond for a taste of “how it works”:
Thanks to the concerted efforts and generosity from several dozen people throughout the Rogue Valley (and beyond) we launched Riding Beyond and have these writings from the participants in our pilot program in September 2013. They give you a sense for what goes on between people and horses at Riding Beyond. You’ll find more details throughout our website. Welcome!
FROM OUR FIRST RIDER:
I came to “Riding Beyond” with only the expectation that I would get to know a tiny bit about horses and maybe find some small happiness for the moment. I’d gone through a very difficult year – a diagnosis of cancer and the loss of my beloved youngest daughter. Joy was hard to come by. Grief was an every day companion. . . . I went to the first day of the program with pretty much no idea whether I’d get bucked off a frisky horse or have a spontaneous healing like ones I’d heard about. Trish had explained the program, but with my extremely limited exposure to horses I don’t think anything really gelled. Well, I was in for one of the most treasured and healing experiences I’ve had in this rocky road of life. This would be a healing of the heart. Mystic is a beauty of a huge soft soul. My first meeting with her was tender on her side but cautious & somewhat excited on my part. Her calm, quiet presence quickly infused me, and I found myself really falling in love with something in her that was tangibly intangible. Maybe it was perfect that I knew nothing about horses, because I didn’t have any notions about what to look for, what to think, how to be. Maybe because of that I just “let it flow” with her. I found in the following weeks of the program that I was constantly bringing up her image in my mind when I felt stressed or sad or even happy. Just the thought of her would calm my mind and bring a feeling of contentment, peace, wellbeing. On one occasion I was feeling some deep angst and restlessness and couldn’t really put my finger on the cause. I then thought of Mystic, almost automatically, like some people reach for a sedative. Immediately a huge, huge wave of grief enveloped me. The release was like the wave of a tsunami and the minutes after were like floating in an endless quiet sea. Another time I was praying and meditating but thoughts kept racing in and out, and grief and sadness and confusion kept tormenting me. Again my mind automatically went to Mystic and very surprisingly, in an instant, I became profoundly calm, very quiet, at peace. Well, I didn’t know what to think of that but hey, I’d take it. And so went the love affair with the horse, Mystic. It continues today. The program is over, but I have gained a beautiful, amazing and nurturing friend. My life has an added dimension that I would never have anticipated. I am so grateful. Thanks, beautiful Mystic! And thank you to all my other new friends, who helped make this beautiful program a reality.”
FROM OUR SECOND RIDER:
I really appreciate the opportunity that I had to participate in the pilot program for Riding Beyond. Each time I left the ranch after these sessions, I had such a feeling of peace and well-being (it reminded me that I could feel that way!). The sessions included time to share experiences and poems. The whole team participated in these discussions which resulted in some interesting conversations and ideas that I had not thought of previously. In addition to the health/mind benefits, this experience helped me to overcome my fear of horses. Trish and the volunteers shared their knowledge of horses and were there the entire time – so I felt safe. And, of course, the star of the show, Mystic, is an amazing horse. She is calm, sweet, and patient. I enjoyed the time I spent with Mystic and am now looking forward to taking horseback riding lessons! It was an extremely positive experience that I would highly recommend to others.”
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