Riding for the Disabled (Woodbridge & District Group)

RDA Woodbridge mechanical horse walker project

We are raising money in order to purchase a mechanical horse walker. This will allow us to keep our Riding for the Disabled horses and ponies fit and in good temperament in the wet, winter months when they are stabled. A fit and happy horse is a safe horse for our disabled participants.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1127627)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£7,560

Amount raised

£8,535

Donations

71

Championed by Candis Club

    Category

  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation

    Helping

  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • People With DisabilitiesPeople With Disabilities
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)

Location

United Kingdom

  • “Our Wot's Up customers love the riding at Woodbridge Rda. Better posture, attitude and confidence is in abundance when Wot's up customers are riding. It’s a delight to see the progress the customers have made; it is just amazing and a credit to themselves and all the volunteers at the Rda.”

    — Mags Fortune, Manager, Wot's Up Activity Group, Ipswich.

  • "Keeping the RDA horses fit, stimulated and strong is essential to allow them to cope with the varying disabilities of the riders. A horse walker ensures that they can maintain the low level of cardio-fitness required for their RDA work, as well as preventing weight gain."

    — Dr Katie Kershaw, Equine Veterinary Surgeon, Ryder-Davies Vets and RDA volunteer vet.

Situation

It is important for both the safety of our disabled participants and volunteers that our 12 horses remain healthy, calm and placid. We must keep them fit. The soil in our paddocks is clay and prone to water logging. To prevent lameness of our horses which can be caused by wet conditions our horses are stabled during winter months. It is essential to our horse welfare that despite being stabled they have fresh air and exercise over and above that which they gain from being used in daily lessons.

Solution

We intend to purchase a Claydon Stonleigh 5 Horse mechanical Exerciser to keep our horses physically fit and in good temperament when stabled. A horse that is not exercised enough may become bad tempered or "frisky" which are characteristics not suitable for our participants. For volunteers to ride or lead all our ponies and horses to keep them fit and happy would use a huge amount of volunteer manpower which we just don't have. The horse walker will exercise 5 horses at a time, twice a day.