Riding for the Disabled provides disabled people in Wirral and Chester with the opportunity to ride at local stables to help their health and well being, providing social interaction and exercise. The main role of a volunteer helper is to lead a horse or to walk by the side of the rider. In cases of severe disability this may involve two side walkers and thus on many occasions three volunteers are needed for each disabled rider.
Helpers are there to look after the riders and guide them when they are riding the ponies and horses, keeping their feet in the stirrups and hands on the reins. The rides take place during the day on week days and there is a busy schedule at the riding school and the RDA are always in need of more helpers.
Riders range from age 5 upwards and have different disabilities but all enjoy riding and the horses.
Happy, cheerful, able to communicate well and enjoy helping others. Comfortable and confidence around horses is useful.
Activities take place in Ledsham at a local riding stables.