Riding For Disabled

 

The Riding for the Disabled Association Malaysia (RDA) is a registered charity under the Royal patronage of YAM Raja Dato' Seri Azureen Sultan Azlan Shah. It was established in 1988. RDA is a voluntary non-profit organisation that provides opportunity for children and young adults with varying disabilities, including cerebral palsy, spinal bifida, multiple sclerosis, autism, learning disabilities, speech problems, deafness, visual impairment, head injuries and behavioural problems.

The Valuable sessions allow boys and girls of various ages a chance to enjoy a safe, stimulating, healthy, therapeutic and recreational sport, which has enhanced necessarily restricted and lonely lives, as well as encouraged an element of personal independence and confidence in their self-esteem. In addition, clear evidence has shown that this regular activity has been effective in greatly improving a wide range of medical conditions.

 

Evidence shows most riders benefit both physically and mentally from horse riding with the RDA. The planned activities require a good mix of the disabled with the able-bodied and the communication necessary between the riders and helpers develops understanding and social skills. The repeated pattern movement of the horse stimulates improved balance. Confidence is enhanced as the riders manage to achieve goals that are set for them and see that their achievements are recognised. Coordination is also improved as the riders learn to use their hands, feet, legs and bodies overall to balance and ride a horse.

 

Presently, RDA actively operates in six areas around Peninsula Malaysia, namely, The Royal Selangor Polo Club (RSPC); Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Club; Ipoh Turf Club; RDA Penang, STC Equestrian and Sports Centre and Malaysian Airforce (MAFEC). 

 


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