RIDING

 

Riding Develops Abilities

 


Benefits

 

Horse riding, as well as being enjoyable, has many benefits.

 


These include

 

*†††††††††† improved balance and posture

*†††††††††† assisting with the development of fine and gross motor skills

*†††††††††† promotes decision making and thinking ahead

*†††††††††† motivation and learning Ė encourages reading and speech through games

*†††††††††† develops hand and eye co-ordination

*†††††††††† development of language and communication skills

*†††††††††† memory improvement and concentration

*†††††††††† personal challenge leading to achievement

*†††††††††† new mobility and access to new areas

*†††††††††† social integration

*†††††††††† mental stimulation

*†††††††††† increased self-esteem

*†††††††††† learn the value of rules

*†††††††††† promotes a general feeling of well-being

 

 

For many of those with physical disabilities, the benefits from riding in terms of exercise and improving posture are obvious.There may, however, be a strong motivational factor, which can also be used to good purpose.Exercise that my usually be tedious, if performed on horseback, may be performed with renewed vigour and interest.The coach can also work closely with the riderís teacher or carer to reinforce their literacy, numeracy or social skills.This is simply using the motivational factor of the horse and riding in the learning process.

 

The benefits of riding combine both physical and psychological aspects.It is a valuable segment of rehabilitation programs because, as well as having a therapeutic value, it is a stimulating and enjoyable activity.It can also be used to provide sporting and recreational programs to those whose opportunities for these may be limited.

 

Language skills are developed by bringing language into games and exercises.Also in many cases, being with the horses seems to unleash some ridersí inhibition about talking.

 

Individual programs are developed for each rider and progress is monitored.The classes are varied and include the use of games, music, co-ordination exercises and trail rides.

 

All coaches with RDA are qualified. RDA Coaches have skills in horsemastership, safety, medical knowledge, first aid, teaching and the selection and training of horses.

 

 

 

 

SOME COMMENTS FROM OUR SURVEYS

 

Best things about the service:

 

It provides the rider the chance to enjoy the sensory experience and the benefits from the motor, sensory and emotive aspect.

 

Iím so thankful to the school staff for getting the horse riding as part of the school activities and most of all to the RDA team for their continuous support for the kids with disability.

 

I had fun and want to do it more!

 

Great opportunity for children with special needs to participate in this program.

 

He loves it, talks about horse riding and Indi all week!

 

Thanks for the opportunity to go out into the community.

 

Builds her skills and independence and gives her a hobby she loves Ė I donít think there is anything she doesnít like about it.

 

It helped my son develop socially, physically and intellectually.

 

His excitement and the joy he gets from attending the program and being with the horses Ė such a positive activity.

 

 

Ways it has improved the rider:

 

Strengthened her core muscles.

 

Engaging with others

 

Following instructions

 

Enjoying and loving a hobby that is just hers.

 

He has learned so much about horses.

 

It has taught me to listen to the horse and count their steps.

 

He has a sense of responsibility.

 

She is more calm and relaxed after horse riding.

 

Horse riding helped him a lot physically as it improved his balance and motor co-ordination.

 

Very therapeutic developing balance and co-ordination.

 

It provides him numerous opportunities to engage in activities that require following direction.

 

Given a sense of community/group inclusion.

 

Conquer fear and anxiety.

 

Interaction and chatting to the helpers.