Helping children and adults with disabilities to develop their confidence and abilities through horse riding…

We are a member of Riding for The Disabled Association (RDA).

RDA has been providing riding activities as a beneficial exercise for children and adults with disabilities for over 50 years. Based on the now recognised fact that horses can have an amazingly calming effect on both children and adults, as well as being very physically and mentally rewarding, we aim to give them a greater sense of achievement and confidence. The experience our riders gain through their contact with horses and ponies can also greatly enhance their co-ordination as well as strengthen muscles.

Our service to the local community

We give local adults and children with disabilities from 2 schools, 2 adult centres, and some individuals, the opportunity to enjoy the above benefits from riding horses on a regular basis. The transformations experienced by our riders is hugely rewarding for all involved; volunteers feel they are giving something back to their local community, and riders gain a real sense of achievement, and a pride in their new-found skills. Our charity would not be able to offer this service, and those with disabilities would not be able to ride at Squirrel Wood Equestrian Centre (Hall Farm, North Walsham) without continued donations and the work of local volunteers, who also run help run many fundraising events throughout the year.

Results and outcomes

3 quotes say it all:

‘I just wanted to say a really big thank you for all those involved with the horse riding sessions for students from our school. It has been a pleasure to see our students benefiting from these sessions. Your volunteers’ dedication and patience is really appreciated.’ ’
(Card from teacher N.W.)

‘Thank you for my horse riding lessons. I had lots of fun!’ ’
(Card from Miss C aged 10)

‘Volunteering is great; the smiles on the children’s faces are priceless!’
(Ms H volunteer)

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