There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man
– WINSTON CHURCHILL
RDA (NSW) Ryde Centre has launched a new program for 2022 that provides a non-riding activity for young people aged between 12-18 who have found the covid years challenging, are experiencing anxiety or stress, and could benefit from time with our big-hearted horses, and in the process learn effective communication, patience, and relaxation.
Each participant will be encouraged to tune into their body and breathing as they work one on one with an experienced RDA volunteer and their horse, this means class size remains small and allows for personal attention, all overseen by a qualified RDA Coach. Participants are guided through activities set up to build confidence and empower the participant as they work and connect with their horse.
Pony Play sessions take approximately 2hrs on a Saturday afternoon. The participant does not need to have any horse experience, but must be able to walk confidently in a sand arena over small obstacles, leading a horse independently.
Spaces are limited so get in quick!
Note: this program does not make any therapeutic claims as it is not run by individuals qualified in mental health, but by experienced RDA Coaches and volunteers who understand the benefits of interacting with horses, particularly if the play is mindful, focused and deliberate. Volunteers never offer advice, but will practice active listening.
Founded: 1972 by Pearl Batchelor OAM
Patrons: Her Excellency The Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC Governor of NSW and Mr Dennis Wilson
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P. (02) 9868 2223
RDA(NSW) Ryde Centre
118-120 Culloden Rd,
ABN 95 512 471 818 • CFN 12295 Charitable Fundraising Act 1991 All donations over $2 are tax deductible
RDA (NSW) is a volunteer organisation providing equine assisted activities for people with disabilities to develop and enhance abilities
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians, the Wallumattagal Clan of the Darug Nation, of the lands on which we live and work and pay our respect to Elders past and present.