RDAWA riding programs teach riders with disabilities how to ride a horse. Structured programs conducted under the instruction of accredited RDA coaches with the assistance of trained volunteers and accredited horses provides individuals with both physical and emotional rewards. RDAWA riding programs are designed to encourage participation and centres work with individuals to achieve a range of outcomes and goals designed to develop their abilities and enrich their lives.
Carriage driving is where a horse or pony is hitched to a wheeled carriage and driven around a course. Carriage driving gives those who are no longer able to ride a horse the opportunity to experience the fun and enjoyment of equestrian activities.
Vaulting is defined as gymnastics or dance on a moving horse. Vaulting is an integrated program within RDAWA and provides participants with further opportunities for increased personal and physical development and social inclusion.
The key factor in Hippotherapy is the three-dimensional movement of the walking horse. Trained physical therapists, occupational therapists, or speech/language pathologists work with a team of highly trained RDAWA volunteers to utilise the movement of the horse as a therapy tool to achieve functional goals for people with disabilities.
Walking with horses is an RDAWA program that offers individuals with mental health issues access to the therapeutic benefits of being around horses. The program promotes and encourages a feeling of well being and an awareness of one’s self, through contact and interaction with the horse.
Ready Set Trot aims to introduce young people to horses and provide them with a better understanding of horsemanship in a fun and exciting way – regardless if they have access to a horse or not. Ready Set Trot teaches the fundamentals of horsemanship, introduces young people to the many aspects associated with horse ownership and management and aims to instill in them a lifelong passion for horses.