Services for children and young people in Northamptonshire (aged 0-25) with special educational needs and disabilities.

Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) - Shacks Barn and Buckingham Group


Type of service:
Groups, Clubs And Activities
Shacks Barn Farm, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8TB
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Riding sessions are taken by a trained instructor, and each rider has up to three helpers according to his/her level of competence. Rides take place in an outdoor arena and sometimes for a special treat when the weather is fine everyone goes off into the countryside riding around the fields and hedgerows. If the weather is not suitable for riding, they can use the purpose-built barn for other horse-related activities such as grooming. Riders have to provide medical information, and several people are recommended for riding by their physiotherapists. They have an RDA physiotherapist they call on for guidance.

The group provides riders with safety helmets and a sweatshirt on a loan basis so they can be exchanged for the next size when required. They also loan boots and jodhpurs from an extensive collection they have acquired over the years. They ask parents to make a donation towards the cost of keeping the horses and the venue hire etc. Some of the horses and ponies they use are loaned by helpful private owners, and others are loaned to their group, and one is owned by the group. They are first tested and judged for their suitability for RDA work in riding sessions using able-bodied riders.

All referrals go onto the waiting list, the group tries to accommodate them as soon as possible, but they are limited by the availability of suitable ponies, numbers of helpers and instructors and lastly, time.
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Age range:
0 - 0
Eligibility criteria:
  • SEND descriptors
Referral route:
  • Contact service direct
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