HORSE RIDING

We have been taking children horse riding at Gaddesden Place RDA Centre for more than 30 years and strongly believe in the benefits of therapeutic horse riding - or equine assisted therapy as it is sometimes known.

 

Just 9 miles from Weatherfield Academy, Gaddesden Place RDA is found amongst the tranquil woodland and village cricket green of Briden's Camp, near Hemel Hempstead.

Some Weatherfield Academy riders

The opportunity to go horse riding is open to all pupils from year 7 to year 14. As pupils reach year 7 we send out letters inviting parents and carers to give permission for their child to be considered for a place. There are also forms to complete for Gaddesden Place RDA. The lessons take place each week on Wednesday and Friday, leaving the Academy at 11am and returning at either 1pm or 3pm, throughout the school year. We can take a maximum of 12 pupils to each session.

Therapeutic Riding

Therapeutic riding is an emerging field in which horses are used as a tool

for physical therapy, emotional growth and learning. Many riders

experience a connection to the horse that few sports can create. For

those riders who cannot walk, or find walking difficult, the horse is their

vehicle of transport. Not only does this help raise their self-esteem but it

also teaches them essential skills.

It improves balance, creates trust and creates a friendship between rider and 

horse. The benefits of horse riding are as numerous as the types of  disabilities and conditions served. Research shows that students who participate in therapeutic riding can experience physical, emotional and mental rewards. Because horse riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to  a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.

For individuals with mental, emotional or learning disabilities, the unique

relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence,

patience and self-esteem. The sense of independence found on horseback

benefits all who ride. The therapeutic qualities of horse riding are recognised

by many medical professionals.

 

Individuals of all ages, with a wide range of physical, cognitive and/or emotional disabilities benefit from therapeutic horse riding and other equine activities. The types of disabilities and conditions served include:

 

  • Amputee                        

  • Autism                     

  • Accident/Stroke

  • Brain Injuries   

  • Cardiovascular

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Downs Syndrome

  • Emotional Disabilities

  • Hearing Impairments

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Muscular Dystrophy

  • Post Polio Speech Impairments

  • Spina Bifida

  • Spinal Cord Injuries

  • Visual Impairments

 

All are welcomed by the experienced and fully qualified instructors and trained volunteers at Gaddesden Place RDA.

 

For detailed information about the work done at Gaddesden Place RDA visit their website by clicking on the link: www.gaddesdenplacerda.org.uk

 

Can my child gain any qualifications from Horse Riding?

 

Yes they can.

 

Proficiency Test Grades 1,2 & 3 Riding and Horse Care 

 

Gaddesden RDA offer our pupils certificates in Grades 1,2 & 3 Riding and Horse Care. These are nationally recognised qualifications. The instructors decide when they consider pupils to be ready for these certificates as a certain level of riding competence is required. The pupils are then tested by a qualified external examiner.

We also now offer ASDAN HorseCare and Stable Management to our Key Stage 4 riders.

All in all, we hope to make the 'horsey' experience offered through Weatherfield Academy and Gaddesden Place RDA an all around enjoyable, life enhancing experience for our children.

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