Riding

About our riding activities

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. More than 100 adults and children a week are enjoying these facilities with referrals from occupational therapists and GPs being received continuously.

What we regularly see are significant increases in confidence as our clients develop, from first being brave enough to even sit on a horse, through to chatting with the helpers, to learning new skills and to finally, if possible, riding independently.

For some this might be the first time they have chosen to speak or communicate in other ways with the people around them. The social impact therefore extends to the parents and carers too, who for a short while each week experience a brief interlude in their caring roles. For those with physical disabilities the development in their posture, co-ordination and walking skills can be immense.

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.

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, reducing spasms 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 £7 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 01394 410014 or email enquiries@rdawoodbridge.org.uk

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