Horse riding has been seen to be beneficial to both physical and mental wellbeing. It is widely recognized as a valuable form of education, exercise and therapy. Many RDA groups across the country have benefited from knowing that their RDA riders, who have difficulties that vary in severity, can enjoy horse riding in a safe and controlled environment. Their participation in a sport they enjoy provides a sense of achievement and develops confidence, muscle strength and coordination.
The RDA Simulator is a five speed horse (walk to canter) offering the same life like action of a horse as in our other simulators. Other features include;
- Therapeutic lateral action in all gaits – to improve muscle tone and strength
- Saddle pad
- Lower neck angle for ease of mounting and dismounting
- Buttons on the side of the horse for the instructor to control the speed
- Sensors for leg and rein control
The RDA Interactive Simulator
The RDA Simulator can also come as a fully interactive simulator, similar to the Ridemaster. Riders can take tests and play them back as well as choosing either an arena or path to ride on.
Riders can really engage with the whole riding experience and improve concentration and coordination by riding to a screen. Most importantly it's fun!!
Testimonials from riders and parents at the Pendle Group RDA in Lancashire who cater for riders from 18 months to 77 years
"My daughter Lilly is 5 years old and has cerebral palsy which affects all four limbs. She has been riding the mechanical horse for 18 months now and difference it has made to her is outstanding. Because the horse is mechanical it means Lilly can walk, trot and canter, again, something she wouldn't necessarily be able to do on an actual horse."
Nicky, Lilly's mum
"My name is Lewis Baker-Vose, I am fourteen years old. I have celebral palsy which affects all four of my limbs. Recently I began riding at Pendle Group Riding for the Disabled Association. I thoroughly enjoy this and cannot praise them enough. I ride the mechanical computerised riding simulator, which was bought by the National Lottery Fund. It helps me with my posture, core strength and stability, concentration, stamina, my walking ability and last but not least my speech and confidence."
"Bradley cannot engage with many activities because of his autism. Riding has changed this significantly… Bradley also attends an RDA group and his lessons on the mechanical horse has furthered his confidence phenominally."
"The mechanical horse is am amazing facility and we are very grateful to have the opportunity to use it. We are very grateful to Kate for her time …we would encourage any parents with children who have additional needs to use this wonderful facility."
Catherine and Andrew Clare