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Riding for the Disabled helps people with many different disabilities.
These include people with intellectual and emotional disturbances, specific learning difficulties, injuries resulting from accidents, cerebral palsy, autism, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, visual/ hearing impairments etc.
Riding helps to improve co-ordination, balance, muscle development and fitness.
These assist greatly in the development of communicating skills, confidence, trust and self esteem. This in turn often encourages the disabled to try to achieve success in many other areas. Riding is FUN.

Benefits for disabled children

  • Stimulates mental co-ordination
  • Increases the rider's mobility and suppleness of body
  • Teaches an awareness of the needs of animals and their relationships with people
  • Strengthens muscles and improves posture
  • Improves fitness and self confidence of the rider
  • Provides a range of sensory experiences
  • Encourages the rider to look forward to their riding lessons and their time spent in a different environment

Benefits for children with learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties

  • Self-discipline and concentration
  • It is an individual sport
  • Children can pursue this on equal terms with peers
  • It boosts confidence and self-esteem
  • It takes place out of doors (when dry) all year
  • The pony is non-judgemental
  • Is not an activity many parents would choose

Vulnerable children

  • Looked after children in Local Authority care
  • Children from families experiencing trauma or bereavement
  • Children with very low self-esteem or lacking in confidence
  • Children caught up in different types of domestic tensions

What do we need to continue? Volunteers on a Tuesday morning - Your Donations

RDA THERAPY RESULTS

75%

show greater willingness and ability to communicate

80%

of riders demonstrate physical improvement, greater confidence and more enjoyment in just 12 weeks

82%

show improved relationship building skills

83%

show advances in horsemanship