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About RDA

Become Part of Something BIG

Riding for the Disabled Association has nearly 500 Groups across the UK who organize activities for a big community of 28,000 riders and carriage drivers all made possible by around 18,000 volunteers. At RDA, our horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities all over the UK.

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Make new friends

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Riding for the Disabled Association Incorporating Carriage Driving A UK Company Limited by Guarantee No 5010395

A Charity Registered in England & Wales (No 244108) and Scotland (No SC039473)

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Horses as Therapy

The simple pleasure of working with horses is the cornerstone of all RDA’s activities. From that starting point everything else flows – be that freedom of movement, gaining confidence, building relationships, receiving life-enhancing physiotherapy or achieving individual goals.


Medical professionals recognise that there are significant therapeutic benefits for the rider.

The warmth and three dimensional movement of the horse is transmitted through the rider’s body, gradually making it more relaxed and supple, strengthening core stability, reducing spasms and improving balance, posture and co-ordination.

Riding offers an element of risk, often denied to many people, especially those who have been affected by an accident or serious illness and offers them the chance to regain mobility and a sense of achievement. People with congenital disabilities discover a new freedom in movement. Those with progressive diseases can retain mobility and remain active for longer.

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We have been carrying out our life-changing activities for over 40 years, and take great pride in the exceptional standard of our instructors and volunteers. We offer activities for all age groups and, wherever possible, to people with any disability.