We teach riding and carriage driving to disabled children and adults regardless of what their disability might be and have been doing this for over 30 years. The benefits to all who ride or drive with us are huge. It provides them with valuable therapeutic exercise, an opportunity to develop their social skills and a chance to build relationships with our horses and ponies.
Our horses and ponies are very special, they seem to intuitively understand about the needs of those who are riding or driving them. It doesn’t matter what disability those who come to us have, we can suit their needs. For example, if they are wheelchair bound or unable to mount a horse for any reason, we will teach them to drive a carriage instead of riding.
Adults come to us from resource centres in Ipswich, Woodbridge, Felixstowe and Saxmundham. Children are often directly referred to us by their doctors or physiotherapists, or by personal recommendation by those children and their parents who already benefit from our centre.
Our sessions run 5 days per week, ably supported by a team of volunteers. We are lucky to have an indoor school so even bad weather doesn’t stop us.
The RDA enables people to achieve their dreams and fulfil their potential and as we look forward to the next 30 years we are proud to announce that in late 2017 we will be moving to new premises in Clopton. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for more news as the development of our new home progresses.