Spending time with horses is proven to reduce anxiety, encourage interaction, increase self-esteem and facilitate the expression of feelings and emotions.
Burcott & District Riding Group, which is part of the Riding for the Disabled Association, has been established for over 25 years and we ride at the Burcott Riding Centre, near Wells. Our riders come to us from local schools and attend our sessions which are always held on a Tuesday during term time. Riders come as individuals with a parent or carer, or within a group from their school.
Our aim is to provide a therapeutic session which normally involves riding but will also include spending time with our horses and ponies, getting to know them and learning about how to look after them. Spending time with horses is proven to reduce anxiety, encourage interaction, increase self-esteem and facilitate the expression of feelings and emotions. In physical terms riders exercise over a hundred muscles a minute, without knowing it, making each trip to the stables an unwitting physiotherapy session.
Our group is entirely self-funding and is made up of a band of wonderful volunteers who give their time not only on a Tuesday but also whenever we are involved in a fundraising activity.