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Closed 30/09/2021
Herefordshire Riding for the Disabled

Fund a new RDA therapy horse

Help us purchase a replacement RDA therapy horse as our Jelly needs to retire from the Centre. This is a special (and unfortunately expensive) purchase for the Centre as we need a horse with just the right build and temperament.
raised of £5,000 target
by 21 supporters
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Closed on 30/09/2021
RCN 1100675


One of RDA star horses 'Jelly' needs to enter retirement and we must find sufficient funding to purchase her replacement. Jelly really is a star horse who will stand quietly at the mounting block for all riders, doesn't flinch with any loud noises and is loved by all. It is going to be tough finding her replacement as horses like Jelly aren't easy to find but in order to keep giving therapy sessions for our clients, this fundraising campaign is now urgent.

Jelly has a stiffness in one of her legs which is gradually getting worse and prevents her from doing lot of fast work with her riders. She needs to retire by the end of 2021 to a quiet home where she will make a great asset for someone.

New horses are becoming increasingly expensive and we are needing to find £4,000 to buy this type of horse. Any donations that will help us towards our fundraising total will be very welcome. Or could hold a fundraising event for us ? Maybe a coffee morning this summer or sponsored activity?

About the charity

Herefordshire Riding for the Disabled offers riding therapy to over 100 adults or children with a physical disability, learning disability or additional needs each week. Most beneficiaries come from within the county of Herefordshire. Service users range from 5 years to 75 years old and come from a variety of backgrounds including supported living, foster care, school and family groups. We have a dedicated Equestrian Centre with 10 horses and ponies that runs sessions all year round. Our sessions are not just ‘riding lessons’ where service users are led around on ponies - each session has a structured plan aimed to the specific need of the participants. Our coaches aim to improve balance, core strength, mobility and communication through specially constructed riding sessions and we have seen clear results. Our service is also volunteer based and we need volunteers to undertake a variety of tasks to ensure riding therapy sessions go ahead. This includes leading horses and ponies, sidewalking beside clients to encourage engagement, helping with the care of ponies on the stable yard. We have over 50 volunteers that come to us each week.

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