What do riding for the disabled do?
When riding, the movement of the horse allows the pelvis, spine and associated muscles to work together as they would when walking. The rhythm of the ride relaxes tight, stiff muscles, improves core strength, co-ordination and balance – providing important therapy to people with a physical disability.
Who can use Riding for the Disabled?
Enriching lives through horses RDA is an inclusive and diverse organisation. We welcome clients with physical and learning disabilities and autism, and there are no age restrictions.
How did Riding for the Disabled start?
After the Second World War, people started noticing the therapeutic benefit of riding, particularly for people with Muscular dystrophy and polio. Early pioneers included the Winford Orthopaedic Hospital near Bristol, the Pony Riding for the Disabled Trust in Chigwell, Essex, and the British Polio Fellowship.
What does RDA stand for horse riding?
Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) – Enriching lives through horses.
How does riding for the disabled SA work?
Riding for the Disabled Association SA Inc is a voluntary, not for profit, organisation providing horse riding and related activities as sport, active recreation and basic therapy for people with disabilities. Through horse riding at RDA SA, people of all ages can enjoy a safe, stimulating, healthy activity.
Where can disabled people ride their own horse?
Some will own their own horses, land or indoor arenas while others depend on the goodwill of local riding stables. All groups will have a ramp or platform to help disabled riders mount safely and some may have hoists for lifting on and off the horses.
Are there riding for the disabled groups in the UK?
Imagine the fun! For some conditions horse riding is excellent therapy and is favoured by Physios’ as a way of strengthening core stability and improving balance. There are over 500 Riding for the Disabled (RDA) groups in the UK that help disabled children and adults take part and enjoy the thrill of horse riding. Whatever their disability!
How can riding for the disabled make a difference?
Take Part (at home!) Help us to develop and deliver practical solutions for our member groups so they can respond, rebuild and recover from lockdown. Help us to develop and deliver practical solutions for our member groups so they can respond, rebuild and recover from lockdown. Spend time with our horses and ponies, help others – make a difference.