Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


New saddle helps disabled riders

27 November 2012

New saddle helps disabled riders

The Riding for Disabled Association (RDA) in Manawatu, has just purchased a saddle for its new horse, Prince, thanks to a $2,347 grant from New Zealand Community Trust (NZCT). The saddle can be adjusted to suit Prince, ensuring he is comfortable and his riders remain calm and relaxed.

By providing interaction with horses, RDA can help develop increased ability, independence and self- esteem in children and adults with physical, intellectual, emotional and social challenges.

At an average walk, a horse moves a rider 2,250 times in 30 minutes. Physiotherapists say there is no other way this movement can be replicated in a clinical situation. This is especially beneficial to people in wheelchairs, as the horse can help move their bodies in ways that wouldn’t otherwise be possible.

To work successfully with disabled people, horses need to be at ease at all times, and that means having suitable gear. Margaret Bowler, RDA Manawatu president, says the grant for the new saddle will enable the organisation to help more people.

“We offer recreational, therapeutic and educational riding, and now that we have the new saddle, Prince will be comfortable giving rides to even more people who need therapy,” says Ms Bowler.

“We are very grateful to NZCT, the public and the community for the help they give us, we simply couldn’t do it alone,” says Ms Bowler.

Guy Sargent, NZCT Horizons Regional Advisory Committee chairman, says the trust was keen to assist.

“NZCT is committed to helping local communities,” says Mr Sargent. “We know how important the RDA is to Feilding locals, and we appreciate how difficult it can be raising funds for specialty gear like horse saddles. We were very happy to help this great cause.”

The RDA welcomes new volunteers who wish to become involved with the organisation, and provides full training for its team members.


– Ends –



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Urban Planning Report: Momentum Grows To Replace The RMA

A major new report from the Productivity Commission lays the foundation for action on the growing political consensus that the Resource Management Act and associated laws are failing both cities and the natural environment and need a complete rewrite.

Published this morning, the final “Better Urban Planning” report is the culmination of eight years of investigations ordered by the government into the causes of unaffordable housing and urban planning. More>>

 

Vaping: Quitline Supports Decision To Legalise Nicotine E-Cigarettes

Today Associate Minister of Health, Hon Nicky Wagner has announced that Government are taking the proactive step of legalising nicotine e-cigarettes, a move which Quitline is pleased to hear and support wholeheartedly. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Labour/Greens Deal (And The NZDF)

If Labour and the Greens were hoping their Budget Responsibility Rules (BRR) agreement would foster an unlikely alliance then hey… mission accomplished! Because it isn’t every day that Sue Bradford, the CTU and Matthew Hooton speak with one voice, as happened yesterday. More>>

ALSO:

Until After The Election: Extension Of Report-Back Date For Havelock North Inquiry

Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson announced today that the report-back date for the independent Inquiry into Havelock North Drinking-Water has been extended at the request of the Inquiry’s Panel. More>>

ALSO:

Little Heading For Court: Apology Over Donation/Hotel Contract Claims Not Accepted

Today I want to publicly apologise unreservedly to Mr Hagaman for any hurt, embarrassment or adverse reflection on his reputation which may have resulted from my various media statements. I have offered that apology to the Hagamans. More>>

ALSO:

Biscuit Tin Of Democracy: World Heritage Site Protection, Ombudsman and Equal Pay Bills Drawn

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 three places are available on the Order Paper for the first reading of a Member’s bill. The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn... More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Plan: NZ Needs More Science, More Trees, Fewer Beasts

A combination of technology breakthroughs, much more plantation forestry, and a big switch away from pastoral, particularly dairy farming, are identified as the key elements of any approach New Zealand takes to reducing its carbon emissions to a net zero level, according to a new report sponsored by the New Zealand chapter of GLOBE, a multi-party, global parliamentary grouping. More>>

ALSO:

"Backed To Win Seats": Labour Māori Seat MPs Won't Stand On List

The Labour Party is backing a request from its Māori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

OutsKey: John Key's Valedictory Speech

I rise to address this House for the very last time. It has been a huge privilege to have served the people of Helensville as their member of Parliament, and, of course, the people of New Zealand as their Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news