The Glasgow Group of the Riding for the Disabled Association

The Glasgow Group of the Riding for the Disabled Association

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The Glasgow Group of the Riding for the Disabled Association

The Glasgow Group RDA is a self funded organisation dedicated to improving the lives of disabled people in Central Scotland through the provision of horse riding and carriage driving classes. We offer hippotherapy (physiotherapy on horseback), Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) and therapeutic riding. These activities are carried out by highly trained equine and medical professionals to ensure the quality of our services. We also aim to help vulnerable and disadvantaged people from the local community through volunteering placements and vocational training, improving employability and self esteem.

Riding helps balance, mobility, strength, co-ordination and improved confidence and self-esteem. In particular, those suffering from cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy show greater relaxation and centralisation, improving balance when on the ground.

Sitting high on a pony is a new and empowering experience for anyone confined to a wheelchair. Many of our riders particularly enjoy the forest rides and outdoor environment which is normally restricted to them. Our programmes involve caring for the horses and ponies, which in itself has proven positive psychologically therapeutic effects.

Founded 1967