Who we help

Who-we-help-1Many 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.

Who-we-help-2For 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 STAN the mechanical horse for people who wouldn’t be confident on a live horse.  STAN has all the rhythmical movements of a real horse and so all the benefits, BUT he can’t run away.

 

If you or someone you know would benefit from our services, then please do contact us on 01423 546161 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will give you an application form.  We will need to know details about yourself and your disability and a Doctor will also need to complete part of the form.  We can also arrange a visit to the stables so that you can see what happens. Please note that our horses cannot carry a weight of more than 12.5 stone but STAN the mechanical horse can carry 16 stone.