about 2 months ago
Cotswold Riding for the Disabled is more than a riding school. We have created a community of people who come together to ride ponies, or to help others to ride ponies. We are united by a strong sense that contact with ponies can offer excellent therapy to young and old who live with a disability.
We can see the physical benefits to the individuals who ride with us, and we can also measure the improvements in confidence, social skills and enjoyment!
We host people living with dementia and other disabilities to Tea With a Pony in the arena at our base on Cheltenham Racecourse. Each participant comes from a care home with their own carer or family member to watch disabled children having a riding lesson, while they are served tea and cake. A pony is brought closer so they can meet them.
The hosts serve the tea and chat to the visitors, and guide them on their walk through the stables and sensory garden.
Hosts always work in pairs and full training is given.
Each tea visit lasts about 45 minutes.
Our volunteers report that it is an uplifting experience to meet these visitors and see the pleasure that the ponies give. Memories are prompted, often of the days when working horses were used regularly.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please email email@example.com for more information.