PRESIDENT MALCOLM HORSEY'S CHARITY FOR 2016 - 2017

At Cotswold Riding for the Disabled we believe that life is about what you CAN do.
Our riders all have a disability whether that’s physical, mental or a learning difficulty, but we are here to help them
achieve the very best they can whatever the disability or whatever the age.


Research shows that riding provides a particular from of physiotherapy that is extremely beneficial to children and adults, dramatically enhancing daily life. The horse’s warmth and three dimensional movement is transmitted through the rider’s body, gradually making it more relaxed and supple, strengthening core stability, reducing spasms and improving balance, posture and co-ordination.

National RDA statistics show that its activities have a significant impact on riders: 75% showed greater willingness and ability to communicate; 80% demonstrated physical improvement, greater confidence and more enjoyment in just 12 weeks; 82% showed improved relationship building skills; 83% showed advances in horsemanship.

And we definitely see that in our work. One of the children is 5 years old and suffers from complex emotional issues and is in long term fostering. He was initially very apprehensive but after a few weeks began to build rapport with instructor, helpers and his pony. At school teachers saw a real step change in his confidence since he started riding with improvements in listening skills and ability to follow simple instructions.

If you would like to find out more about what we do, come down and see for yourselves.

We often describe what we do as magical – if you’d like to see that magic for yourself come down and have a cup of coffee or tea with us. We love showing people around.

 

 

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