SARDA is a registered fund-raising organization with teaching branches in major centres throughout the country. It is a Member Group of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) in the United Kingdom, and is affiliated to the Riding for the Disabled International (RDI) organization. Whilst fun and recreation are important components of the lessons at SARDA, SARDA qualified instructors work in co-operation with volunteers, physiotherapists, doctors and remedial teachers to ensure that pupils derive the maximum benefit from their lessons. SARDA incorporate specific exercises, social skills and other vital educational skills such as language, communication, concentration and independence – all aiming to develop the mental as well as the physical abilities of the people that are differently abled.
How does it work?
When the horse walks it moves in a three-dimensional pattern similar to the action of the human pelvis during normal upright walk very difficult to duplicate in the traditional clinical setting. The result offers an improved potential for walking and normal hip development for physically disabled people. Upper body benefits include improvements in hand/eye coordination, posture and balance. During riding the muscles are stimulated by using a variety of movements, allowing speech to come more easily. Interactivity and play are used to work within the Autism Spectrum, encouraging and rewarding engagement and reciprocity. The horse is non-judgmental and gives un-conditional love, the rider becomes aware they can be mobile and independent and experience true freedom.
Benefits of Therapeutic Horse Riding:
Doctors and therapists are discovering the positive effects of riding therapy both physically, mentally and emotionally.
Some Benefits include:
• Builds self confidence and esteem
• Improves balance and co-ordination
• Increased muscle tone and strength
• Relaxation of spastic
• Improved learning, concentration, memory
• Independence and a sense of achievement
• Opportunity to take a controlled risk
• Allows contact with animals and understanding of their care
• Improved self-esteem and motivation
• Access to recreation and social interaction.