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Providing horse riding opportunities for the disabled

Horse riding is accessible to all and being around horses changes peoples’ lives. Margaret Haes knew this and was teaching disabled riders long before others followed establishing Riding for Disabled Centres across the country. In fact the national Riding for Disabled Association we know today has its origins in the North West, where Margaret was instrumental in its creation .

We support the most vulnerable children and adults in society. All we ask is a donation from our disabled riders. Around 160 riders attend very week and, of those, over half have a disability. We support those with mental health issues, physical disabilities, complex conditions, visual and hearing impairments, depression, self harm, children and young adults with special education needs, and the lonely and isolated.

Anyone 4 years and older can ride with us and many young and old simply want to volunteer. Being active, enjoy the outdoors, socialising and having fun is so important for well being!

All our lessons are inclusive. No differentiation, other than your riding ability, so it depends on whether you are a complete beginner needing a lead rein or more confident and ready to canter around our arenas and jump!

We offer supported volunteer placements for young people with a disability, we have our first Apprentice on an Equine Course Level 2 and we are excited now to have secured funding to offer a new service, Equine Facilitated Learning aimed at the lonely and isolated. The Charity continues to reach so many groups in the community and benefits many people by just being involved with horses.

We always need volunteers, so if you can spare an hour or two to help we would be delighted to hear from you.