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RDA

Some of our students attend RDA on a weekly basis.

At RDA, the horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment, not only to our students but to people with disabilities all over the UK.  
 
RDA have been carrying out life-changing activities for over 40 years, and take great pride in the exceptional standard of their instructors and volunteers - 18,000 in all!.
 
The RDA offer activities for all age groups and, wherever possible, to people with any disability – and you’re just as likely to find an RDA Group in an urban setting as a rural one.
 
The RDA rely on voluntary help, donations and legacies to deliver our services.
  • Learning to groom the pony's coat

    Grooming a horse or pony has close links to a student's self-care routine and associated skills.

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    Learning to groom the pony's coat
    Grooming a horse or pony has close links to a student's self-care routine and associated skills.
  • A typical grooming kit

    Students learn to use a variety of equipment to carry out specific tasks to help keep the ponies clean and in good condition.

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    A typical grooming kit
    Students learn to use a variety of equipment to carry out specific tasks to help keep the ponies clean and in good condition.
  • Tacking up

    It's important to make sure that all tack is put on correctly so that it is safe for both the rider and the animal. Can you name some of the tack and equipment in this photo?

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    Tacking up
    It's important to make sure that all tack is put on correctly so that it is safe for both the rider and the animal. Can you name some of the tack and equipment in this photo?
  • Picking out feet

    Here the student is learning to pick out the pony's foot - mud and stones can get stuck in the feet so they need to be picked out and cleaned at least once every day. Do you know what the tool is called that the student is using? Has this pony got any shoes on? How do you know?

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    Picking out feet
    Here the student is learning to pick out the pony's foot - mud and stones can get stuck in the feet so they need to be picked out and cleaned at least once every day. Do you know what the tool is called that the student is using? Has this pony got any shoes on? How do you know?
  • Maths ... really!

    What do you think is going on here?

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    Maths ... really!
    What do you think is going on here?