I first became aware of Silver Lining Riding as one of their clients. In 2012, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was caught very early, so treatment and recovery were supposed to be easy. Things didn't go according to plan. I ended up going through months of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, spent time in the hospital because of complications, and was too sick to work most days adding a financial burden to the medical one. And, my life long battle with depression almost became a life ending one. I was sick, weak, and hopeless, Enter Silver Lining Riding.
I have always loved horses, but because of money and the fact that we moved around a lot as a military family, I never got the opportunity to ride as a kid. My husband suggested that maybe I should try horseback riding as a way to help with the depression and physical problems from cancer treatment.
I talked with Amanda at SLR and she told me all about the work they did with people will all types of physical, cognitive, and emotional disabilities. She thought the program could at least help restore some of the core muscles I had lost and could help with my depression too. Plus, SLR had a class with older beginning adults like me.
I started riding Thursday nights with two other ladies. My husband commented on how almost immediately he could see a changes in my outlook. I began looking forward to my lessons and was constantly talking about Strawberry ('my' horse).
In September of 2013, I started volunteering with SLR wanting to give back to the organization that had given so much to me. They gave me a purpose in life and a passion that I was lacking. I have seen and experienced first hand the good that they do. I have seen fearful clients become more confident. I have seen clients with devastating physical disabilities grow in strength and learn to communicate with a horse and even succeed in competing with them. I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with these individuals every day.
Silver Lining Riding is a small organization making a big impact on their corner of the world. I hope that you will consider giving to them this #givingtuesday and throughout the year.
Review from #MyGivingStory