For the rider, the horse’s three dimensional movement provides a gentle rhythmic motion which is very similar to the action of the pelvis during normal walking. This motion offers benefits including mobilisation of the pelvis and an improvement in balance and co-ordination. The movement of the horse also helps to improve muscular development and fitness. Confidence is enhanced as the riders manage to achieve the goals set for them, and the communication necessary between the riders, helpers and the horses helps the development of understanding and social skills.
Each session has an overall instructor in charge of the helpers, who are required to either lead the horse or side walk. Helpers are required to support and encourage ther riders. Sometimes it needs three helpers to assist one rider at a time.
Our group at Newton Hall, Swilland, has been going since the 1960’s. We provide riding only, using horses and ponies from Newton Hall.
The group is made up of volunteers and as it is a charity receives no formal grants or funding of money. It is run on donations and the goodwill and time given by the helpers.
We were lucky enough to have a visit from the RDA President HRH the Princess Royal in April of 2006 and photographs taken by Chris Miller can be seen on the Gallery page.
We need more volunteers for our Wednesday sessions. Experience with horses is helpful, but not essential. If you have spare time and would like to help please contact Sue Allison on 01449 760289.
Riding for the Disabled Association Registered Charity number 244108