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Riding

Our Group operates six days a week and provides remedial therapeutic riding and carriage driving for people with physical and/or learning disabilities of all ages. We also offer a range of other activities including Horse Care & Stable Management courses and activities suitable for those living with dementia.

The simple pleasure of working with horses is the cornerstone of all RDA’s activities. From that starting point everything else flows – be that freedom of movement, gaining confidence, building relationships, receiving life-enhancing physiotherapy or achieving individual goals.

About our riding activities

Medical professionals recognise that there are significant therapeutic benefits for the rider. The warmth and three dimensional movement of the horse is transmitted through the rider’s body, gradually making it more relaxed and supple, strengthening core stability and improving balance, posture and co-ordination.

Riding offers an element of risk, often denied to many people, especially those who have been affected by an accident or serious illness and offers them the chance to regain mobility and a sense of achievement. People with congenital disabilities discover a new freedom in movement. Those with progressive diseases can retain mobility and remain active for longer.

How much does it cost?

For our sessions, we suggest a minimum donation of £10 per session/per person for both riding and carriage driving. However, if you would like to make a larger donation then this is always welcomed.

Want to come along or know more?

Our riding sessions are run during school term time and start at 10am. If you are interested in joining us or would like more information then please call 01473 737087 or email us at enquiries@rdawoodbridge.org.ukalternatively to join our waiting list for riding sessions please complete our participant application form and return it to office@rdawoodbridge.org.uk.

Please note: assessment rides for new participants are subject to current social distancing restrictions, so may be delayed.