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Chloe's Story

Chloe first started to go to RDA Raymond Terrace and Lower Hunter at the end of 2015, after being on the waiting list for so long, she had forgotten all about it.

The first time there was just an orientation visit, I was able to see the fun I was about to encounter, looking around the large arena and trying on different helmets to ensure I was ready for my horse riding session.

I get to attend RDA every second Saturday.

With my program, the volunteers and coaching team work to build up my confidence, each program is customised to meet the needs of each rider, and progresses at their preferred pace.

In my sessions, I have learnt how to steer a horse, move along with a leader, and horse care which includes how to put a saddle on and off.

The arena is a big rectangle which has a number of activities set out to develop social interaction, physical fine motor skills including balance and eye/hand coordination, some of the aids used are flags, ball games, and a sensory garden filled with things that I can open, twist and turn, we are also lucky to have gnomes, teapots, clocks, fairy figurines and toys. The sensory garden is my favourite place at RDA.

I think riding for the disabled is good because they don't push you into anything, it’s really fun, and, of course, you get to learn to ride a horse.

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PO Box 624 Raymond Terrace, NSW 2324
'Irrawang Park', 3219 Pacific Highway, Raymond Terrace
Phone: (02) 4987 1402
Fax: (02) 4987 1434
Email: raymondterrace@rdansw.org.au
NDIS Service Provider Number: 31971831