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Comment by Joe Robertson on October 11, 2011 at 9:32am
Horses are very healing. I have worked for years with therapeutic riding. I volunteered with a therapeutic riding program for five years till insurance cost ended it. We used to foster children and I used my knowledge of horses and therapeutic riding with them with great results.
Comment by Jennifer Lamm on September 25, 2011 at 12:04pm
Horses may heal us all !! 
Comment by Carol Bradley on September 2, 2011 at 4:13pm

Hi Jo

I was diagnosed with MM in 2005 and was so very ill that they really didn.t feel that I would survive for many months.  This year I have come through a year of chemo leading up to my stem cell transplant in February of this year.  I had three months to recueperate then back into chemo.  The good news is that I have just been told that I am officially in remission. 

I am still quite weak and the maintenance chemo does take it,s toll but for the main I am pretty good.  There are new drugs on the scene every few months now and pretty soon MM will be a chronic illness which can be managed instead of the incurable cancer at present. As part of my chemo I took part in the Myeloma 11 trial using the drug Revlimid but others I know have had good results from Velcade too.  Sorry to twitter on - you probably know all this already but I do worry when I hear that people are given such a dismal prognosis when I know that things are improving for us all the time.  Good luck with your journey and your riding.

Take Care

Best Wishes

Carol xx

Comment by Joe Robertson on September 1, 2011 at 9:17am
Tracy this study sounds very interesting. I have been dealing with cancer for over two and a half years. ( Malignant Melanoma). Last July 15, 2010 I was given 6 months to a year to live. I have gone past my year. I would like to know more of this research. Good luck and prayers to all suffering from cancer or any other decease.    I believe horses are good therapy. I volunteered with  equine therapy for over five years till insurance rates destroyed what we where doing. Don't give up your horses just because of illness they could be what saves your life. ... Joe
Comment by deb pawlyshyn on September 1, 2011 at 1:00am
Glad I read the comments from Tracy. thankyou lovely read
Comment by Tracy McDermott on August 31, 2011 at 10:04pm

My husband has participated as an instructor in a Cancer Research program for Cancer survivors. Some of these sick folks are on Chemo, some radiation, some are between treatment schedules. They had their saliva tested for a particular hormone, I think it was Serotonin but we weren't given any info because of HIPPAA rules on patient privacy and anonymity. 

The saliva was tested before and after the sessions on horsemanship, ground work through riding over an 8 week time frame.  The result was the levels of beneficial hormones, increased appetite, sleep patterns and exit questionnaire answers showing increased relaxation and the culmination of all this info was that for the time these very sick folks are with horses they don't think about their illness thus the body can heal easier. 

The local hospitals send survivors that want this as a therapy, if it works for them it will for sure work for anybody.

One of my close friends survived a double mastectomy, hysterectomy, MURSA (the infection that kills) and through out it all she rode her horse or when she couldn't she brushed him, sometimes she just watched while we brushed him and she bossed us, then we ate lunch. She now rides every day, wears a jockeys vest (I highly recommend) and helmet. Is still bossy but we love her for it.

So RIDE ON all you people, sick or well it's good for your body and good for your soul. Some have music, some art, I have horses and gardening.

Comment by Mary-Joe Figueira on August 31, 2011 at 9:34pm

You are two very brave ladies. Horses are definitely the best medicine. My horse helps me to shed my stress when I come home from work. The minute I drive down the barn driveway I am in another world.

Keep on riding - Cheers and all the very best.

Divertirse en Espana!


Comment by Jackie Cochran on August 31, 2011 at 5:15pm

I am lucky in that I don't have cancer, but I have MS and my fatigue is huge.  I usually just ride 30 minutes at a time, 2 or 3 times a week.  When I had to put my last horse down I didn't get another because it had gotten too much for me to take care of them.

Good for you for keeping going throughout your treatments.  I hope your trip to Spain goes smoothly! 

Comment by Carol Bradley on August 31, 2011 at 5:00pm


Although I live in England and our weather isn.t always the best for riding I do my best.  I have been riding since I was around seven years of age and still haven.t lost the thrill of being around horses.

I have been suffering from Cancer (Myeloma) for quite a long time now and have been in chemo for around a year and had a stem cell transplant in February this year.  After a lot of hard work my horses and I are happily playing together again depending on how much energy I have each day.  In between my wonderful husband and two horses I have had plenty of incentive to keep going!

I wonder if anyone else is continuing to ride whilst dealing with serious illness and how they are coping.  We are considering an extended stay in Spain with the horses and would have to transport them in our large horse transporter and would welcome any advice on making the journey as comfortable for the horses as possible.  Obviously we shall be taking Vets advice and treatments before we go but any advice from personal experience would be super. 

Many thanks for taking the time to read this.

Regards Carol


ps I think this website is smashing and am busy finding my way around it so please do excuse me if I make mistakes.! Thank you.

Comment by Dana Derenoski on July 26, 2011 at 1:31pm
Not only am I a senior rider, but my AQHA mare is 18 this year.  We still compete at 5 or 6 shows a season, and are usually in the ribbons!  She loves her job as a Western Pleasure/Trail Competitor.

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