Our Riders

Our Riders come from a variety of sources – special needs units within schools, private clients, referrals by GPs, OTs or other health specialists.

Riding Programmes: Each Rider has their own individualised short and long term goals that they are riding towards. Before riding begins, a Rider must:

  • Sign an agreement that allows them to ride, which includes a parent/legal guardians consent
  • Have a doctor complete and RDA Medical Consent form
  • Undergo an initial assessment – this may require the input of a therapist in some cases.ride c

South Auckland Riding for the Disabled caters for children and adults who:

  • are physically challenged with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, paraplegia, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, traumatic brain injury, or stroke
  • have visual and hearing impairment
  • have intellectual disabilities or multiple disabilities; or
  • have learning disabilities
  • have medical conditions effecting their quality of life


Achievements / Benefits: Our Riders attend riding to achieve a specific goal, whether it is therapeutic, educational, sporting or recreational.
Riding develops, improves and promotes:

  • balance and co-ordination, posture and muscle tone
  • concentration, confidence, self-discipline and self-esteem
  • perception and spatial awareness
  • communication and social skills
  • independence and encourages decision making




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