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BDHRA

 

Bedford & District Riding for the Disabled Association

Bedford & District Riding for the Disabled Association (BDRDA)

BDHRA are a registered charity who, with the help of many volunteers, provide riding activities as therapy at their centre in Willington each week for up to 100 mentally and physically handicapped children and adults to help improve the quality of their lives and allow them to enjoy learning equine skills.

                                         

The BDHRA are entirely dependent on charitable donations and upon generous volunteers who give up their time to make what they do possible.

 

Riding as Therapy

The ponies are used not only to get the children and adults riding because it is a fun activity in itself but because the shape and gait of the horse stimulate muscle tone, relax stiff joints and improve balance, posture and walking ability.  As a result riders are better able to cope with the tasks of daily living – whether it is sitting upright to do homework, joining in a family meal or walking home from school.

On a horse a child receives physiotherapy in a subtle way.  The child is required to balance on a three dimensional object.  It’s a massive workout of the hips, pelvic area and leg muscles which helps develop motor and balance skills.  The horses’ temperature – one degree warmer than humans -helps relax muscles.

 

It is hoped that depending on the young people invovled that some may also assist at various stages of these sessions.

 

Tasks may include:

·                     Gardening projects around approx 14 acres of paddocks

·                     Maintain fences

·                     Painting fences & sheds

·                     Mucking out paddocks/stables

·                     Preparing feeds

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