Who Can Ride?
We welcome all children who might benefit from our programme, who have challenges which affect their development or their quality of life.
We take riders with a wide range of challenges. Riders may have physical disabilities, learning difficulties, emotional or behavioural challenges, multiple disabilities.
We have a specially designed mounting ramp for wheel chair users.
Sorry we do not have capacity for adult riders at present.
If a child needs a lot of support to mount the horse, there is a weight limit of kg. This is for the safety of the child and our volunteers.
Monday 9.00 am – 12.30 pm
Tuesday 9.00 am – 12.30 pm
Thursday 9.00 am – 12.30 pm
Each day has a different programme, catering for the different learning needs of our riders. Our Rider Co-ordinator assesses each new rider application and matches them to whichever programme is suitable for them.
Firstly you need to download the Rider Application form, complete and return it by email, or post it to:
If you are unable to download or print, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a Rider Application form or phone us on 838 9433.
Once we have your application, our Rider Co-ordinator, Pia Saxton, will be in touch about what programme might suit your child, what day this would be on, and whether there is a waiting list for that programme.
When we have a space for your child, Pia will be in touch again to get the necessary permission forms signed, including medical consent from the rider’s GP or paediatrician. Please note that the child cannot ride without a signed Medical Consent form.
On Day 1, a trained RDA Coach and/or RDA Physiotherapist will assess the rider prior to getting on the horse. Over the first few weeks, the rider will be observed and assessed, and goals set. You can talk to the Coach at any stage, if you wish to discuss any aspect of our programme.
Riding helmets are provided and fitted by RDA. The helmet will then be named for your child and kept in the helmet cabinet. Some riders do not have to wear a helmet for medical or other reasons. If this is the case, the rider will be supported by two side walkers whilst riding.
Riders need to wear long pants, preferably with some stretch (not tight jeans). Shorts are not suitable as skin can be pinched in stirrup leathers or rubbed excessively. Sturdy covered shoes, boots or trainers. In winter, a warm jacket will be needed.
Riding Therapy Fees
Fees are $80 per school term. An invoice will be sent out at the start of each term. Payment can be made by internet transfer, cash or cheque. Families may be able to receive support through organisations, such as the Cerebral Palsy Society (Get Physical vouchers) and Ministry of Health Carer Support Scheme.
If your child cannot ride due to sickness, appointments or trips away, please let us know as soon as possible. You will be given your Coach’s phone number to text if your child cannot ride. It is important that children ride as much as possible to benefit from our programme.
We look forward to welcoming you to West Auckland RDA and working with you to provide the most benefit to your child.