Weʼve raised £170 to help Nantwich & District RDA Community
- Nantwich, UK
- Funded on Saturday, 13th April 2019
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We are a relatively new group to the Nantwich & District area of Riding for the Disabled. We have full support of the RDA but not funding. The project is run solely by volunteers and organised by the wonderful Sheila Saner.
We currently only have access to a mechanical horse at a local college. That in turn limits us to around 8-9 riders a session. This is a great start to introduce people to riding but really isn't the same as riding an actual horse and having that emotional connection. The response locally from disabled people to ride has been overwhelming and we are excited and ready for the challenge to help as many people as possible to accomplish learning to ride and achieving their goals. We want to have the ability to go back to that very long waiting list and give people the wonderful opportunity to ride an actual horse or groom and care for, no matter what their disability.
Our aim is to start with a pony for children and horse for adult riders, and provide back to back sessions one day a week. This would increase the number of people we could help to approximately 36-40 people from our local community. We have interest from children as young as 2 years old right up to mature adults. The challenges these potential riders face is huge. Many suffer with learning difficulties, mobility challenges for example being confined to a wheelchair, some limbs not functioning at all, mental health issues, brain trauma, PTSD, communication challenges such as deafness and so each person we work with is unique. This may mean we need specialist equipment in order to enable that person to mount the horse, tailored reins or tack so help the person hold on and of course all the key safety equipment of helmets etc.
The project needs this vital funding to make come to life. The projected set up costs are: Pony £2500, Horse £3500, specialist tack £1400 per horse, horse care equipment £200, 12 helmets to suit different size riders £1020, wheelchair mounting ramp £4250. The ongoing yearly costs of horse care are livery (food, hay, stabling, bedding, care) £3900 (already discounted by the college), shoes for 2 horses £1250 and £2400 arena hire. This alone means we need to raise £21,820 to be able to run the program for 12 months, although as much of these are set up costs, once we own the two horses our second year costs are likely to reduce to less than £10,000 a year. We would hope then to extend the program and introduce further horses to suit a wider range of ability riders. These figures do not include any vets fees which would include vaccinations and treating unforeseen health issues with the horses. We would like additional funding in place to be able to provide competition opportunities as our riders skills develop and introduction of a system to track and reward progress.
Just £5 would provide food, bedding, stable and care for a horse for a day.
Just £10 would pay for a horses shoes for a week.
Just £23 would pay for the hire of an arena for a ½ day for our riders.
Just £85 would buy a protective helmet for one of our riders.
Its proven that riding and interaction with horses helps people get active, improve mobility, enhance communication skills, build confidence, helps people to overcome barriers and raises self esteem. We want to give our local disabled community the ability to interact with real ponies which has shown to unlock feelings, emotions and self-belief that they and their families didn’t believe possible. This project will allow them the freedom to be a part of looking after their ponies, building closer relationships with them while also building their confidence in their ability. Many of the people who have visited already have explained that they rarely leave their house. One ex-soldier suffering with PTSD in another RDA group who have real horses, said after spending time with the horse alone, getting the opportunity to talk about what happened to him with no-one to judge and quietly grooming and bonding with the animal, actually enabled him to have the first full nights sleep he could remember without nightmares. We can change peoples lives but we need you to help us do it. This critical funding WILL make the difference.
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Nov 12, 2018
Great work Carol. I hope you raise lots more for a very worthy cause.
Oct 27, 2018
Good luck Carol!
Oct 26, 2018
Oct 23, 2018
Great cause Carol, I have seen another RDA organisation in action and it was amazing.Good luck with the fundraising.
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My name is Carol and I am one of many supporters and volunteers at Nantwich & District Riding for the Disabled. We have people on a waiting list from our disabled community who want to ride, lots of volunteers to help but no horses! We desperately need your help.