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Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Kenya

The Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Kenya is a registered charity. We use therapeutic horse riding to provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities in Kenya.

RDA Kenya is reliant on charitable donations and fund raising activities, and is run entirely by volunteers. All proceeds generated by the sale of our crafts will go directly to helping us make a difference to the lives of some of Kenya’s most vulnerable people.

The groups meet in Langata, Nairobi on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 1.00 and 3.00pm during school term time.

We also run an RDA training programme to train others to set up and run new groups in other parts of Kenya as well as neighbouring countries such as Tanzania.

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What is Riding for the Disabled?

Therapeutic horse riding is a form of therapy in which interaction with horses is used to enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive and behavioural skills for people with disabilities. A horse's rhythmic, repetitive movements work to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination and cognitive skills.

Our team of volunteers assist disabled children — many of whom have no access to any form of therapy — to ride and play games on horeseback in a safe and happy environment. In addition to the physical benefits, riders gain a great sense of achievement, boost to their self esteem, and, perhaps most importantly, a huge degree of personal happiness from this therapeutic programme.

Therapeutic riding results in physical improvements including better balance and coordination accompanied by greater muscular strength. Hand in hand with the physical improvements come a wide range of significant improvements in other areas, for example the ability to listen and follow instructions, to concentrate and communicate, and for some, even the ability to sleep at night.

The improvement in all these areas follows through into the activities of every day life. This can lead to a far greater degree of independence for the individual, but perhaps most important of all an ability to contribute to and therefore be accepted by the community in which they live.

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News from RDA Kenya

Sun, May 28, 2017

RDA Horses are going bitless.
As a result of some interesting experiences we have had with a couple of our RDA horses, and after a long and interesting conversation with Kaye Gilbey, a UK Dentist, we have decided that the RDA horses should go bitless.
To do this we first needed to sleuth out suitable hackamores and secondly get them to Kenya. It looked as if a Zilco Flower Hackamore might be the answer as it had just the right balance of control as well as comfort. Having tried one out, we decided this hackamore was ideal and we should invest in more for all the RDA horses. Klare Urquart, who had been over here on a holiday and is very interested in all things horsey, obtained a good deal on the hackamores and offered to DHL them to us. Klare bumped into Anthony Whittaker, the MD of the DHL office she went into in Tunbridge Wells, and discovered that he is also involved with WellGrove Farm Riding Stables. As fate would have it, his daughter is in the process of setting up a new RDA group at the Stables. He offered to cover the cost of sending the hackamores to us and Klare then volunteered to pay for the customs duty due on arrival. Ben Holder, the UK DHL operations manager, kept us well informed of the delivery and made sure everything proceeded smoothly. Thanks to all of them for their contributions and help.
Here are a couple of photos taken by Per Aronsson, of some very happy horses.
Please do look at this Youtube video, if you have a chance, it gives some very interesting information about the effect of bits in horses’ mouths.

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Sun, May 28, 2017

A lovely article about RDA in the Star. One error to correct - it was not Sue but a lady called Bev who trained the children for the Special Olympics, although this was the inspiration for Sue setting up RDA Kenya :)

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Thu, May 25, 2017

For sale - all proceeds go to RDA(K)
Nigel Mansell signed 1991 British GP 'taxi for Ayrton Senna' lithographic print.

A signed 'Red 5, Nigel Mansell exclusive collection' lithographic print depicting key moments from the racing career of Nigel Mansell. This particular edition is from the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1991 which gave us one of the most memorable moments in Formula One. On his victory lap following an epic drive from the front, Nigel Mansell in the Williams-Renault, gives title rival Ayrton Senna a lift back to the pits after his McLaren-Honda ran out of fuel. The print is a limited edition of 555 worldwide and is supplied with a Certificate of Authenticity that includes a photograph of Nigel Mansell at the signing session. Dimensions measure 50x35cm

For offers please email RDA < Offers accepted to 31 July 2017

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Thu, May 25, 2017

For all existing and new side walkers, dates for September Term Thursday sessions are:

September 14th
September 21st
September 28th
October 5th
October 12th
HALF TERM October 19th NO RDA
October 26th
November 2nd
November 9th
November 16th
November 23rd

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Thu, May 25, 2017

For all existing and new side walkers dates for September Term Wednesday sessions are:

September 13th
September 20th
September 27th
October 4th
October 11th
HALF TERM October 18th - No RDA
October 25th
November 1st
November 8th
November 15th
November 22nd

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Get Involved

RDA Kenya is run entirely by volunteers, and we would love to have your help! If you would like to get involved as a side walker, or even just come and see what we do, please get in touch. Please read the information sheet for side walkers.

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0722 359068
0707 216233

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