Riding to a richer, happier life.
You can help us transform the lives and capabilities of children and adults in WA living with disabilities and mental health issues.
With the end of the financial year fast approaching we are sharing stories that show how horse riding changes everything for children and adults living with disabilities. From improving physical and emotional health, to nurturing confidence, life skills and independence, the therapeutic benefits are life changing.
Compared to his older sister Haylee, Travers was a small and lethargic baby, reluctant to feed and slow to develop – he wasn’t moving or vocalising the way his parents expected him to. After treatment from a physiotherapist and a referral to a paediatrician via Collie Health Service's Early Intervention team, Travers was tested, assessed and diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (a form of progressive muscular weakness without a cure), microdeletion syndrome and, eventually, severe sleep apnoea.
Travers’ parents continued exploring different therapies and treatments, and he made some progress, walking for the first time shortly after his second birthday, but he was still very quiet and withdrawn. It wasn’t until Travers tried horse riding with RDA that his general health and wellbeing really improved.
After forming a special bond with Jo, his RDA coach, Travers began to take significant steps forward, both physically and emotionally, with improved strength, posture, mobility and confidence. He now loves his excursions to RDA Collie and has come out of his shell, no longer the quiet and subdued boy he once was, happily meeting new people and enjoying new experiences.
"After less than a year with RDA, he now happily greets people of all ages, his voice ringing out across the arena as he chatters away. He's just generally happier! Every week he does or says something new."
Lisa Read, Travers’ mum
Yes, I’d like to help others benefit from RDA’s work
While horse riding is widely regarded as an invaluable therapy, providing a host of therapeutic benefits for children and adults living with disabilities, keeping horses is expensive. We wouldn’t be able to do everything we do without the generous support of our donors and volunteers.
Please help us help more families in WA living with disabilities.
The difference your donation makes
Funding from the NDIS goes some way to enabling our centres to help children and families living with disabilities, but we still rely on donations. Here’s how your donation will make a difference:
• $25 provides one hour of training for a horse riding coach to support people with disabilities.
• $50 gives one free riding session to a child or adult living with a disability (who is unable to claim financial support from the NDIS).
• $100 feeds one of our specially chosen and trained horses for a fortnight.
• $500 gives a whole term of riding sessions to a child or adult living with a disability.
• $2,600 sponsors one of our specially chosen and trained horses for a year.
• $6,000 provides one year of training and development for a horse riding coach to support children and adults living with disabilities.