I’ve been riding for about 9 years now and it has become my rock. When I was 7 I was hospitalized for an anxiety-induced stomach ulcer. That was the incident that made my family and I realize that I had suffered anxiety my whole life and it was only getting worse.
Just a few months after getting out of the hospital I found Marcody Ranch. While at a local fair I saw a horse and quickly became curious; there we met Hope Rosenthal, my hero. I started a summer camp program with Marcody and quickly fell in love. Following camp, I started lessons which led to leasing a horse, which ultimately ended in now having two beautiful horses of my own. I have now owned my first horse Stormy for six years and every ride is an incredible new adventure.
Riding has helped me overcome so many of my anxieties and now serves as a stable foundation for my life. It has helped me to defy all the odds I once pinned against myself. I thank God every day for the amazing for my two magnificent beasts Stormy and Shad, I truly wouldn’t want my life to be any other way! —Cassidy M.