It takes a very special horse to become an RDA horse and we are very lucky to have our incredible team.

Before being accepted into the program, all horses have a trial period where the Coaches work with the horse and observe their behaviour, how they react around children and adults, being groomed and tacked.  They are introduced to our games equipment and participate being lead in mock classes.  Once the Coaches are happy with the horses acceptance, we introduce an able bodied rider to the horse and assess how they react to the rider and being ridden. 

Once completing all stages of the assessment in the trial period and having been passed by the Coaches,  the horse is then added to our team for use in our therapy programs.

Our horses mainly come to us through donation or free lease.  If you have a quiet horse that is no longer used and you think it may be successful as an RDA horse, please let us know.

Without our incredible team of horses, we would not be able to provide our therapy classes.



Bright Bay Gelding, 15.2 hh

Born 1998

Joined our team in 2011


Bay Gelding,  13.3 hh Brumby

Born 2002

Joined our Ryde team in 2012


Brown Gelding, 15 hh

Born 2001

Joined our team in October 2015

Generously leased to the Centre


Black Gelding, 14 hh

Born pre 1996

Joined our team in 2012


Pinto Mare, 12.1 hh

Joined our team March 2016

Generously leased to our Centre


Retired October 2016

Bay Mare, 14.2 hh Quarterhorse

Born 2003

Joined our team in May 2013

We are grateful for Sparkle's owners for allowing us to use Sparkle in our riding program for 3 years.  Sparkle will definitely be missed by our riders and volunteers. 


Bay Mare, 12.3 hh Australian Pony

Born 2000

Joined our team in February 2016

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