Our latest Riding for the Disabled project
The Barnfield Riding for the Disabled committee and team of volunteers work tirelessly all year round to give our disabled riders the best possible experiences.
This year we have started raising money for a mechanical horse to open up whole new experiences to those who may not be able to join in all activities on horseback. We ran a Crowdfunding campaign specifically to raise funds for this purpose and we would like to thank everyone who supported us and donated.
The final amount raised by Crowdfunding was £3125. Although we are disappointed that not enough was raised to purchase the mechanical horse, together with our other donations and fundraising events we now have a grand total of £19000 and will continue on to reach our goal!
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What will a mechanical horse mean to us?
Barnfield Riding for the Disabled Association (BRDA) would like to acquire a mechanical horse (horse-riding simulator) to work alongside our existing horses. Whilst many of our disabled riders are able enough to ride a real horse with the support of riding support volunteers, for some of them it is too much of a challenge. We believe the use of a horse simulator would offer a riding experience to even the most disabled participant, for whom sitting on a live horse would not be possible or practical. Its use offers a safe and controlled environment for the development of skill and confidence.
The benefits disabled children and adults experience when engaging with these sensitive and intuitive animals is well known and we see this with our own eyes on a daily basis. There is nothing as rewarding – for our riders, their carers and ourselves – as watching a nervous disabled child or adult gradually grow in confidence on horseback.
Horse riding simulators are made by Cheshire-based Racewood Equestrian Simulators (http://www.racewood.com). Its Dressage RDA model, plus the building of its dedicated area will cost a hefty £55,000. So far we have raised an impressive £13,500 through fundraising activities and individual donations, meaning that we need to raise an additional £41,500.