Health and wellbeing

Funding level: Up to £1,000


Ludlow & District RDA provides life-changing opportunities to children & adults of all ages & disabilities, in south Shropshire & north Herefordshire, through the therapeutic benefits of horses. Our horses and ponies open up a world of possibilities – in sport, friendships, education, life skills and more. Supported by our qualified & experienced coaches and team of dedicated volunteers, our riders and carriage drivers benefit from the challenges, activity and fun that horses bring. We work with our riders & drivers, helping them to achieve their goals, from sitting up straight, to riding without assistance, to cantering & jumping, to seeing, hearing and smelling the wonderful countryside around us – we can make it happen!
We know, from RDA Tracker figures, that with just one term of riding 74% of children show physical improvements, 77% experience greater confidence and 65% show greater willingness and ability to communicate. Schools tell us that following riding therapy sessions children have greater focus, better self-confidence & self-esteem and enhanced social skills – the results speak for themselves. The changes are life enhancing. They make our participants feel better on many levels, improving physical, mental and emotional health and boosting social interaction. The changes make huge differences to people’s lives & futures and, in doing so, support their families, schools, carers and the wider community. Daniel, who has Downs Syndrome, bilateral hearing loss and low muscle tone, has ridden with us for 3 years, since he was 6. His mum, Juliette, writes "Our son has been riding with the RDA for 3 years now and he has come on leaps and bounds! He has Downs Syndrome and low muscle tone, so horse riding has absolutely brought on his core strength. He sits really well in the saddle and is very happy and confident. We are so proud to say he is now able to follow instructions more to enable him to take more control of the horse, which in turn helps his coordination, and responsibility. In making decisions - the RDA are absolutely amazing and patient with him. Funding is vital for this amazing experience to continue and is very, very appreciated. All thanks to everyone at the RDA and North Farm - they have given Daniel so much confidence and strength on many levels and that's priceless.”
Ludlow & District RDA is an independent charity under the umbrella of RDA National. Our participants have a wide range of disadvantages, from social and behavioural problems to severe mental and physical impairment. We are responsible for raising all monies, by our own fundraising, to run the group and to provide this life enhancing therapy. We subsidise all riding sessions for our children. Without our support, horse riding would be out of reach for most of them. The subsidy we provide enables them to participate.
£1000 would provide 13 children with riding for one term, making huge differences to their lives and those around them. For many, it will be the only opportunity they have to ride in the wonderful Mortimers Forest, which is on our doorstep, and to experience a wildlife environment normally denied to them because of physical or social restrictions.
By voting for us you will help us to help them - so that they CAN DO IT!!

Ludlow & District Riding for the Disabled

Moment of Pride

“We make a difference! Physically, educationally, emotionally - our horses and ponies open up new worlds - with FUN!”
“With RDA I made new friends, regained that community feeling and a sense of purpose. And a lump in the throat when someone says that horses and RDA have changed their life.”

Location: Ludlow SY8 2HD, UK


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