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The visible elation of any person sitting on a horse for the first time speaks for itself. They experience the joy of having climbed higher than ever before. Riding with RDA is a wonderful opportunity, interaction with horses has been shown to lower stress levels and aid in therapeutic activities. Some of the benefits of horse riding include but are not limited to:

  • Improved Core Strength
  • Improved Balance
  • Boost to self esteem
  • Increased circulation
  • Improved coordination
  • Increases in positive social behaviour

RDA is an international not-for-profit organisation that provides horse riding and associated activities for people with disabilities.

RDA promotes the well being of people with disabilities through their contact with horses and the aim is to enable people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in community equestrian programs and become as independent as possible in their chosen horse-related activities. Activities can include Horse Riding Lessons, Hippotherapy, Vaulting, Carriage Driving and Dressage are recommended where required.

We offer a variety of horse riding programs to people of all ages with disabilities throughout Queensland that may include the following:

  • Intellectual
  • Physical
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Vision Impairment/Blind
  • Autism
  • Learning and Behavioural difficulties
  • Psychiatric conditions
  • Down Syndrome

Click here to view the RDA Brochure.


Horse riding lessons can be conducted for an individual or in a group of people with disabilities depending on the needs of the client and the style of operation of the Centre. The emphasis is on fun, freedom and fitness while the added benefits are physical, ….


Hippotherapy for people with disabilities is a treatment strategy by specially trained physiotherapists and occupational therapists utilising equine movement. In Hippotherapy, the horse influences the client rather than the client influencing the horse …


Vaulting allows riders with disabilities to experience a new type of interaction with the horse. They learn that it is okay to move around on the horse and consequently show significant improvement in confidence, balance, coordination and general riding skills. …


Carriage Driving, (the oldest competitive Equestrian sport) otherwise known as Equestrian Driving is an alternative activity for people with disabilities. It provides an opportunity for people who may not physically be able to mount a horse to still experience ….


The object of riding dressage for people with disabilities is to improve balance, control, mobility, general fitness, memory and freedom. Riding the movements required for a dressage test and maintaining good rhythm will fulfil these objectives. The objective for ….


RDA facilitates and supports riders to attend a variety of equestrian competition. Although RDA Centres essentially provide grass roots programs, it is exactly these programs that lay the groundwork for competition. RDA Centres have been proactive in getting their riders ….