At Lytchett RDA, we soon see the beneficial effect of riding on our riders’ confidence and wellbeing. They greatly enjoy the contact with the ponies. In many cases riding allows them greater mobility than they can normally experience, and this boosts self-confidence and independence.
Riding is an excellent form of physiotherapy. The movement of the horse exercises the rider’s muscles in a way that is very similar to walking. This helps them to develop core strength, balance and coordination.
Many of our riders have autistic spectrum disorders, and our games and activities help them to develop speech and understanding. Generally we can see that riding also has a very calming effect.
The children love being around the ponies, and this improves their confidence and encourages them to communicate with us.
Often children are a little anxious at first, but we give them plenty of time to get used to us – several weeks if necessary. They are soon won over by our lovely ponies, and arrive full of enthusiasm every week.