Greater Manchester Riding for the Disabled Association (GMRDA)
Contact: Ms Cath Chirgwin
Wythenshawe Park Stables
Tel: 07907 987774
About Greater Manchester Riding for the Disabled Association (GMRDA)
GMRDA is a member of the Riding for the Disabled Association. Our mission is to improve the lives of people with disabilities through horse riding. Lessons take place in Wythenshawe Park, South Manchester.
GMRDA is a registered charity and member of the Riding for the Disabled Association. The group was formed in November 2007 and our charity number is 1120953. We hire the horses and facilities of Wythenshawe Park Riding Stables and have 5 horses approved for RDA use at this time. GMRDA’s mission is to improve the lives of people with disabilities through horse riding. Lessons take place in Wythenshawe Park, South Manchester.
Many people relish the recreational and therapeutic benefits that horse riding offers. Medical professionals recognise that there are also significant therapeutic benefits for the rider. The warmth and three dimensional movement of the horse is transmitted through the rider’s body, gradually making it more relaxed and supple, reducing spasms and improving balance, posture and coordination. Horse riding also helps with muscular development, coordination, balance, confidence and self-esteem. It is also an excellent sport for developing overall fitness and core strength and creating a unique bond between human and horse. Riding offers an element of risk, often denied to many people, especially those who have been affected by an accident or serious illness. It offers people the chance to regain mobility and a sense of achievement.
GMRDA offer riding lessons for adults and children aged 4+ in our outdoor ménage with the opportunity to gain certificates and badges in horse and stable management. Riders also get the opportunity to ride in the beautiful parkland with no roadwork. Teaching is provided by qualified instructors and our volunteers are trained in all aspects of horse and rider care and safety
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