Saturday, April 13, 2024

Riding for the Disabled

disabled child horse ridingThis busy section of ABLEize provides details and links to horse riding for the disabled websites as well as carriage driving activities for disabled people of all disabilities and special needs throughout the UK. Riding and equestrian sports are a therapeutic activity as well as an enjoyable experience for those with a disability or special needs, the less mobile and wheelchair users.

Riding for the disabled is not just fun, the rider gets a gentle but enjoyable workout of the hips, pelvic area and arm and leg muscles, all helping to improve balance and strength as well as being a great social activity. Trained helpers are always at hand to assist the disabled rider. Find UK wide accessible horse and pony riding centres for the disabled by browsing the websites below.

This section provides just a selection of horse riding activities for the disabled, with most being associated with the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), you may wish to also look in your own county to see if there is an accessible riding stables or a Riding for the Disabled organisation near you by following the Disabled Groups and Clubs link below.

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Located in Arundel, West Sussex offering disabled riding sessions on Tuesday afternoons. Site highlights the session details with future events dates.

Chelmsford in Essex horse riding and carriage driving for the disabled established for more than 40 years. Highlights the benefits of riding, horse details and how to get involved.

Set up to offer horse riding as therapy to help more 100 children throughout Bedfordshire. Find out about the assisted riding sessions and how to give it a go.

Offering an exciting opportunity in Kent for disabled people to enjoy horseriding and carriage driving. Site provides details of their horses, how to get involved and offers volunteer and fundraising information.

Somerset riding for the disabled. Site offering session details, horse riding and volunteering information and readers stories. Located at the Burcott Riding Centre, near Wells in Somerset.

An equestrian volunteer run group offering disabled people a range of horse and riding activities in Llanfynydd, near Wrexham. Includes details of carriage driving and horsey holidays with accommodation offered in an 18 bedded cottage.

Kent RDA charity offering individual tailored horse riding tuition. Open Monday through to Friday.

Based at Prestbury Park Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire offering riding for the disabled and activities including a Happy Hoof Club.

A disabled friendly purpose built riding centre on the outskirts of Bedford. View images of the horses and ponies with contact details for getting involved.

Surrey RDA centre with more than 200 volunteers and a large number of horses and ponies providing disabled people with the opportunity to ride and enjoy the horses.

East Sussex horse riding centre providing weekly horse riding opportunities for disabled people. Site includes a programme of events.

Devon based riding for the disabled located just off the A38. Site includes videos, images and highlights the benefits of riding for the disabled.

Harrogate, North Yorks centre providing assisted horse riding and carriage driving for disabled and special needs adults and children.

Hampshire special needs equestrian centre offering riding for the disabled. View the horses with video clips, centre contacts and how to get involved.

Grantham, Lincs RDA site with an enrollment form, newsletters and contacts as well as volunteer details and future events dates.

Riding for the disabled on horses and ponies for therapy and fun as well as carriage driving and showjumping in this large and well-equipped horseriding centre in Kings Lynn, Norfolk.

Registered charity located in Ollerton, Cheshire dedicated to providing safe and fun riding activities for disabled and special needs adults and children.

Equestrian centre in Leeds offering hacks, pony days, carriage driving, jumping and dressage opportunities for the disabled and non-disabled rider.

An indoor arena located in North Berwick providing a range of therapy based horse riding activities for the disabled.

Oxfordshire organisation providing assisted therapeutic horse riding to children and adults with a range of physical disabilities and special needs.

Nuneaton and North Warwickshire Equestrian, Horse Therapy and Disabled Riding Centre, caters for the disabled and non-disabled rider with 14 horses available.

Providing details and links to riding and carriage driving for the disabled in areas of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire. Includes details of volunteering.

Keyworth in Notts providing horse riding for disabled and special needs children. Check out the site for details of joining in and the future horse related events.

Offering horse and pony riding opportunities for therapy and fun for disabled kids and adults in Norfolk.

Opened by the Princess Royal in 1988. View class details, how to have a session and the horses and ponies at the stables.

Providing details of horse riding and carriage driving for adults and children with disabilities in Northern Ireland. Site includes contacts for local ROI groups.

Essex based riding for the disabled. Claims to be the oldest riding centre for people with special needs in the world; being established in Chigwell for over fifty years. Site shows the horses and ponies with details of how to get involved.

Providing information about their many exciting activities and opportunities for disabled riders along with information about how to volunteer with details of training days and contacts for more information about enjoying riding for the disabled.

Offers riding at two Sheffield locations, Cowley Riding School (Holmesfield) and Smeltings Farm Riding Centre (Ringinglow).

Offers assisted horse riding to the disabled and people with special needs. Includes contact details.

Covering the areas of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire with 49 disabled horse riding groups within those counties.

Orsett, Essex riding for the disabled centre with details of the sessions, blog articles and posts as well as newsletters.

The only RDA organisation in Midlothian, Scotland. Site includes details of how to give riding with a disability a go and how to become a volunteer.

Horse riding centre with 8 horses and ponies offering riding and carriage driving to the disabled. Includes volunteering details and how to try a session.

Riding for the disabled centre located in Wellow near Bath, Somerset. Offers sessions during the week for adults and children with disabilities and special needs.

Leicestershire RDA centre offering a range of riding activities, events and competitions for disabled and special needs riders.

Providing two riding schools offering assisted riding for the disabled at Foxes Riding School in Ledsham and Wirral Riding Centre in Ness.