Riding can provide so many therapeutic benefits. There is the physical; the warmth and movement experienced from sitting on a horse and a rider uses many different muscle groups without even realising it. There is the freedom it gives and the feeling of achievement. It boosts confidence and helps to develop social skills. There is the social interaction between the riders themselves, the riders and the volunteers and of course and perhaps most importantly between the riders and their horses and ponies. We aim to make our sessions fun, enjoyable and a rewarding experience. For more information about riding with us please click here.
We have a wonderful band of volunteers who help on a Tuesday in our sessions or behind the scenes with fundraising. We're a friendly bunch who enjoy what we do. New helpers are always welcome, no prior horse knowledge is needed as full training is given. However a sense of humour and a pair of wellies will be very useful! Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to volunteer. What keeps us all coming back is seeing the happiness and increased confidence that contact with horses can bring.
RDA's competition-winning story beautifully animated by Scriberia. This story won the Guardian Voluntary-Sector Network Short Story Competition and describes an RDA Volunteer's experience connecting with a profoundly autistic teenager.