Big Feet, Little Feet
GOYR’S Session Story
An 11-year-old boy hopped out of his Mom’s car when he arrived at the ranch and ran over to me filled with excitement, ready to start his session. We entered the big pasture to say hello to each horse, but it seemed as though Mark already had his horse picked out; a horse that was three times his size. He walked up to the horse and said, “Hi Bear!” Mark’s heart was drawn to Bear as he felt a sense of protection and calmness from the stresses of life. After putting on Bear’s halter, and walking him to the arena, I noticed Bear understood his role in protecting Mark, as the 16 hands retired racehorse was noticeably tripping over his own feet so he wouldn’t step on Mark’s feet. Bear’s soft and gentle pace let the boy know Mark was in charge. At one point during our session, I looked over and saw Bear lowering his neck so he could be close to Mark’s face, connecting with him as they walked together and shared in silence. God used this connection between Mark and Bear as a safe place for Mark to share his feelings about recently being diagnosed with a life-altering medical condition. As Mark rode high on Bear’s back, it helped him see above his circumstances below. Circumstances of uncertainty that caused pain, fear, and anger. His body found strength to sit tall and be in-sync with Bear’s body. One step together conquering their fears. Mark kept his eyes looking forward to his future rather than where he was in the moment. By the end of our Session, God’s presence and healing was ministering to both of our hearts. I could sense that God was speaking to Mark’s heart and giving him a promise found in Jeremiah 29:11- “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Equine Therapy Program Testimonies
“It is amazing to see David and Rick excited to participate in a program like GOYR’s Session Program. The program is individually tailored for each child. As a parent, I am excited to see David and Rick learning and growing in the Lord. The boys are beginning to apply what they learn from working with the horses to their own lives. I see confidence, responsibility, and action in each child. Each week they are given a scripture or something to think about that applies to what they are facing. It was amazing to talk with each one about his thoughts and feelings with the program. I saw David and Rick go from struggling with issues to being calm, confident, and most of all, happy.”
“It was kind of a fluke that I found Graceful Oaks Youth Ranch. When I was introduced to Chalae at GOYR, I was really looking for a horse summer camp. From the first session, I saw a difference in my daughter; an excitement to learn and grow. Chalae was able to pinpoint my daughter’s fear and trust issues. Through the past couple months, I’ve been able to watch my daughter blossom into something even more beautiful than she is. She is already beautiful, but now the inside love of God is shining through her. She is pouring through the word of God looking for Him to speak to her. She is learning to trust in God to help her make decisions.
I am so thankful that what I thought was a fluke was actually God doing His thing and wrapping his arms around my daughter and reminding her that He loves her and has not forgotten about her. I can’t wait to see what else He has planned for her!”