The RDA offers adults and children the opportunity to ride and experience the benefits and pleasure that it gives. These benefits include freedom of movement, gaining of confidence, relationship building, physiotherapy and a sense of personal achievement.

Medical professionals recognise that there are significant therapeutic benefits for the rider. The warmth and the three dimensional movement of the horse is transmitted through the rider’s body, gradually making it more relaxed and supple, strengthening core stability, reducing muscle spasms and improving balance, posture and co-ordination.

The relationship built between horse/pony and rider can often have calming therapeutic effects and encourages interactive behaviour not experienced in other environments.

Participants ride weekly at La Carriere and Melrose stables.