Bedford Disabled Horse Riding Association
The Riding Centre use the ponies 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 be 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.
We take riders each week from the following specialist schools:
The Grange, St Johns and Ridgeway as well as adults from Sue Ryder Homes Stagenhoe and patients referred by their GP`s.
Most of our riders are from Bedfordshire and Herfordshire. Each week 118 individuals have the opportunity to ride.
Who to contact
Where to go
- The Riding Centre
- MK44 3PT
- Get directions
- Age Bands
11-14 years old
18-25 years old
Parents and carers
15-17 years old
0-4 years old
5-10 years old