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