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.
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