Who we help
Many people think that horse riding for disabled people is just a bit of fun - merely a pleasant outing - but in fact it has a unique remedial effect. The regular, rhythmical movements of the horse is transmitted through the rider’s body, gradually making it more relaxed and supple and helps to improve circulation, balance and strengthen all core muscles. This in turn improves posture and coordination. Self-confidence is boosted by enjoying a new skill and taking part in group exercises and games. For many of our riders, being on a horse gives them freedom and independence. But above all they enjoy their riding and have fun.
The disabilities of our riders include cerebral palsy, learning disabilities, behavioural problems, autism, deafness, visual impairment and many other syndromes and neurological problems.
Many of our riders were originally introduced to us by the physiotherapists of Harrogate and District Community Resource Team, and the children from the Child Development Centre at the local hospital. We also have riders from Henshaw’s College for the Blind and from Insight Homes.
For those people who are in a wheelchair and unable to sit on a horse we offer carriage driving, where the wheelchair is secured to the carriage and they travel around the country lanes for an hour. We also have STORM the mechanical horse for people who wouldn’t be confident on a live horse. STORM has all the rhythmical movements of a real horse and so all the benefits, BUT he can’t run away.