In February this year, we began a series in the magazine featuring the amazing work of Riding for the Disabled Association – a national organisation that looks to help disabled people of all ages enjoy the benefits of spending time on ponies or horses.
Homing in on the work of Cotswold RDA, we’ll be following the ups and downs of life in the stables – meeting the riders who come to benefit from the Association’s work, the ponies that have to pass muster to join the team and the volunteers, trainers and staff who bring it all together.
Time spent with these animals has a massive impact on the lives of those who visit RDA, boosting confidence and providing valuable physical exercise that can be a hugely beneficial addition to any physiotherapy.
We’re big fans of RDA’s work and hope you enjoy reading about all the team. Check back in on this page regularly for updates on what’s been going on and don’t miss their monthly appearances in the magazine. We’ll keep you posted here about when the next instalment is coming up!
- Find out about the charity and read about what it is RDA set out to do.
- Read about the people who keep RDA going strong.
- Meet new recruit Toffee.
- It’s time for Toffee’s training to begin.
- Meet Amy, and read about the joy riding brings.
- Meet Miriam, who’s already benefiting from her visits.
- Meet RDA trainee coach Sue Stevenson
- Our favourite pony Toffee Settle’s In
- Toffee takes on some real responsibility Skye – Toffee’s first rider
- Toffee and Alice undergo the Grade One Horse Care Proficiency Test.
- A core part of RDA life
- Some of the Sweet Rewards you get from RDA
- One of the volunteers get a Royal Recognition
- Meet Flyer’s Friends
- Meet the new boy, Freddie
- It’s time for Gingerbread at Christmas
- It’s a Festive farewell as we say Goodbye
- A beautiful Poem – Angels in Disguise
Read about new pony Flyer’s progress in our October 21 issue, on sale now!
All photographs are courtesy of RDA. Text courtesy of Caroline Ward.