Independent Riding at RDA Hong Kong

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I’ve always want to try horse riding as I love horses!

A year ago, I found out that Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) offers individuals with disability riding lesson with hippotherapy purposes.  Through these riding activities, it builds self-confidence, improves concentration and self-discipline. It also help riders to improve their balance and strengthen their muscles and bodies.

I have been offered an independent horse riding course by RDA Hong Kong this Autumn. After I got some documents approved by doctors, I started my riding lessons at Pok Fu Lam Public Riding School. Never in my life I could imagine I can have a chance to learn to ride a horse! I was so excited yet nervous!

I was assigned to ride Rosie at the first lesson, she’s a beautiful girl~ Unfortunately, lovely people at RDA found that my thigh are too tight, Rosie might be a little too wide for me. So the next week, they introduced Flynn to me, a gracious gentle-horse!

Flynn is fitter and less wide comparing to Rosie so I won’t need to stretch my legs too much while riding, but at the same time, I need to pay attention on maintaining my balance more.

Every week first thing when I get there, I will change my shoes into riding boot~ and be reading to be “mount” onto Flynn. As we are special riders, we normally get onto horse through a elevated ramp. For me they will carry me onto Flynn. Here’s a short video how they did a “back mount”. Lovely people at RDA always make sure we are okay, although I do think I can get onto the horse myself. Super lovely people!

After that, we’ll start off with some warm up~
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iders are always accompanied with leaders and trainers. We also have physio and other volunteers around. The atmosphere is always  so cheerful and fun!

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Look at Mr Flynn, last week he was a lil sleepy, [pats him]

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Some pictures of the paddock at PFL Riding school~!
Will intro more about the programme soon!

All photo credits to Angel Yap!

 

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