RDA (NSW) Riders

Riders are assessed prior to commencing riding so that a suitable individual program can be developed for each person. Some riders are assisted initially by up to two trained helpers and a leader. Many graduate to riding independently and some to competition level.

Riders must have consent from their Doctor before being commencing in the program and this will need to be updated on a regular basis.

There are strict safety standards in RDA (NSW). Riders are required to wear helmets for horse riding and horse-related activities as well as correct footwear. These are often provided by the centres. Special equipment is occasionally used however RDA (NSW) attempts to keep conditions as close to natural as possible to encourage the riders to achieve a good position through the use of their own body . Riding Develops Abilities

Some of the benefits you can enjoy are:

  • Improved balance and posture
  • Assisting with the development of fine and gross motor skills
  • Promotes decision making and thinking ahead
  • Motivation and learning – 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