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Riding for the Disabled Association

Horse Riding should be accessible to all, so that is why at Bowlers Riding School we have a number of horses and ponies that are extremely quiet and can be used by people who have a range of disabilities. We are home to the Formby branch of the Riding for the Disabled Association who, through charity funding are able to provide specialist equipment and horses for use in the school. The group also provides volunteers so that both children and adults are able to ride in a safe and supervised environment. We have a wheelchair ramp that can be used by people with limited mobility to get onto the horse, and special equipment to aid in riding. Lessons can be arranged either through the RDA group or by us personally. For a private lesson, it is best to give us a ring and a member of staff can discuss the rider's needs over the phone, or if preferred you can drop in, have a look round and ask us some questions. For all other enquiries please contact the RDA group direct.

Each lesson is tailored to the riders needs, and the instructor will go at a pace that is suitable for them. Even if the rider is a little nervous, they don't even need to ride. They could just do some work on the ground such as stroking or grooming the horse instead, until they feel confident in getting on. But most of all, the emphasis is on having fun! For more information about the Riding for the Disabled Association, check out their own website. Or if you or someone you know are interested in riding on one of their group lessons or you would like to volunteer for the group then contact Joan on: 01704 875 007.

Volunteering with the RDA

New volunteers are always welcome. No experience needed as full training is given but you will need to be confident around the horses and riders and be able to do a gentle run for short periods so you can run alongside the horses as they trot.

We hold lessons on the following days/times:

Monday: 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Tuesday: 10:00am – 12:00pm

Wednesday: 1:30pm – 2:30pm

Thursday: 10:30am – 11:30pm

If you could help for just one of these days, we and the riders would be very grateful.

Please contact the Formby RDA for more information.