We offer lessons in our two flood-lit arenas and hacking in beautiful Richmond Park. For some of our clients, riding a horse is not an option so we raised funds to offer our clients to go on a horse simulator as an alternative.
Barnfield Riding for the Disabled Association (BRDA) reached its target in 2019 to secure 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 offers a riding experience to even the most disabled participant, for whom sitting on a live horse would not be possible or practical. It 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.