Riding- COSTS £20 per half hour session £30 per one hour lesson or hack
Ranging from “pure fun” through to international dressage Perry RDA Ltd provides the ideal combination of enjoyment and fulfilment that comes from being on a horse or a pony. Individual and group needs are catered for in the form of expert supervision, advice and care.
Depending on competency and degree of disability, all aspects of riding can be covered, e.g. walking, trotting and cantering. Arena activities include pony-club type games, dressage, trotting poles and jumping.
The therapeutic benefits of riding are numerous and as well as the physical benefits of improving posture, becoming stronger and helping riders to become more supple, exercising with a horse is great fun! You can improve your awareness, communication, confidence and decision making as well as enjoy activities with a community of like-minded people.
Carriage Driving- COST £15 per 20 minute session
Specially designed carriages, equipped with ramps for wheelchair access, allow all ranges of disability to be catered for. If capable, drivers are encouraged to take up the reins themselves whilst being accompanied by expert trainers and instructors. Driving takes place in an enclosed arena or on quiet country lanes. Carriage Driving can range from a relaxing drive through the rolling countryside to exciting competitions where your ability to make quick decisions and having the confidence to control a fast moving carriage are put to the test.
Deborah Daniels the group’s treasurer started driving at Perry and has gone onto become one of the country’s top carriage drivers. To read Deborah’s story click here
Vaulting- – COST £10 per session – varying length between 30 – 45 mins
Vaulting is a specialised discipline within equestrian sport. The Perry Vaulting Group is unique in the West Midlands and continues to grow in popularity. Participation in vaulting leads to increased self-confidence, improved balance and core control, improved fitness and social skills amongst many other positives. Feedback from parents proves the benefits of vaulting to be many and participation in the sport can commence from as young as 6 and go on into the 20s.
The team of six Vaulters, along with a reserve member, work with one horse under the control of a lunger. The horse is in itself a powerful motivator and the inclusion of Vaulting within RDA activities has opened yet another channel for our riders to develop and build a wide range of skills.
It is a hugely rewarding activity. The fun and sense of achievement that vaulting has brought to the youngsters with Perry RDA was added to in 2015 by the team becoming National RDA Vaulting Champions for the second time at the RDA National Championships in July.
Comments from the parent of a 9 year old girl with Aspergers and Dyspraxia
“We have seen our child go from strength to strength since joining the vaulting sessions. If she misses a session or two I really notice that her confidence and coordination reduces. The chance to take part in competitions and to be part of a team really gives her a sense of achievement. Her bedroom is full of rosettes, she is so proud of them.”
Hippotherapy- COST £20 per half hour session
Hippotherapy in the UK is a physiotherapy treatment which is carried out in an equine environment by a Chartered Physiotherapist who has completed post graduate training in this specialised treatment area.
The movement of a walking horse is very similar to that of the human whilst walking and so the gait specific movements can transfer to a patient whilst they are sitting astride a horse. The horses are chosen with regard to their temperament, size and quality of movement. Unlike therapeutic riding there is no intention to teach riding skills. A patient may or may not wear a riding hat depending on their level of head control and what the aims of the session are.
During a Hippotherapy session Lynne Munro MSc MCSP may choose to use other positions on the horse as well as forward facing astride. These can include sitting sideways, sitting facing backwards, on hands and knees and kneeling. Mostly these developmental positions are used with young children to encourage their movement ability.
Mechanical horse- COST £35 per hour. Pro rata per 15 minutes
The Racetrack built equine simulator with integral computer generated graphics on the television screen is a tremendous addition to The Perry Group ‘stables’.
The simulator is about the size of an average horse (15hand high) and moves in walk, trot and canter in the same way that a real horse does. This provides the opportunity for individual participants to enjoy moving at speeds they would not be able to achieve on a real horse or pony which can generate feelings of motivation and increase self-confidence.
There is a ceiling hoist to assist participants who might be unable to access the mounting steps.
For the more advanced participants the simulator has leg sensors which enable the rider to ask the horse to do movements in response to leg aids. The interactive programme on the television screen allows participants to see exactly what effect their legs are having on the horse simulator.
It is unique in Shropshire and a very useful bit of equipment.
Horse Care management-
Horse care and behaviour studies can be arranged for individual or group sessions. It has been proved that working around horses and ponies can produce behaviour modification in participants, as well as increasing their self-confidence and skill base. Work can be done toward qualification with different awarding bodies such as Asdan and AQL.
Work Experience and training for people with special needs-
Work experience is always on offer at Perry Group. Quite a few of the current group of volunteers began through work experience and we are always very keen to give individuals a good insight into the workings of the RDA, but also to give them an enjoyable and educational experience. The Group approach is one of total integration so all volunteers are given equal opportunities and assistance to work to the best of their individual capacity.
It is what you CAN do that counts