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RDA Horse Riding


Heathrow Special Needs Centre is approved by The Riding For The Disabled Association (RDA)


Riding at the centre is all about improving posture and balance. It gives confidence raises self-esteem and helps with gross and fine motor skills. All this whilst enjoying a relationship with the riding team, the horses and, very importantly, having fun.


How does this happen? 

Horse riding is a non-weight bearing activity. As such it benefits riders with cerebral palsey and other neurological disorders. The three-dimensional movement of the horse goes through the riders body, gradually making them more relaxed and supple, strengthening core stability, reducing spasms and improving balance, posture and coordination.


A varied riding session content, where appropriate, such as stretches, exercises and/or games, challenges, as well as riding school movements, such as straight lines, figures of eight, circles, halts and changes of pace add to the riding experience.


The gentle rythm of the horse and repitition of challenges helps with autism spectrum disorder, development delay, Down's syndrome and learning or language disabilities. In fact, there are very few conditions that we cannot accomodate. As well as recreational benefits, there are psychological benefits. Riders are encouraged to take control of the horse and make decisions, which in turn improves communication skills.


An often overlooked benefit is that riders are offered an element of risk, which is often denied them elsewhere. This gives a sense of achievement. Furthermore, riders with congenital disabilities discover a new freedom in movement and those with progressive diseases can retain mobility and remain active for longer.


The centre has four horses which cater for a wide range of riders.


Tucumana joined us in October 2019. She is an ex polo pony 21 yrears old, very calm  and should make a wonderful addition to our horse riding




     Metereo or Oreo for short joined us in March 2019.  He is an ex polo pony 18 years of age. 

     He has a wonderful temperament.                          





Pirelli joined us in 2017. He is an ex polo pony 21 years of age and is very friendly




Chispa joined us 2 years ago. He is an ex polo pony aged 22 years and pictured here with Mark a volunteer

                                                           Another very popular horse




Riders must be aged 5 or over

Fees:  £22.00 per session

The first lesson is an assessment and charged as a normal riding lesson

Riding is prebooked. The riding fee is payable if a riding lesson is cancelled with less than 24 hours notice

We accept most cards. Fees payable at the time of the riding lesson. 

Equipment & clothing:

We can provide hats if required but all riders need to wear sensible shoes or boots with a small heel, wellington boots are ideal.


How to apply :

email :  for free registration 



Departed Friends


Sadly we say goodbye to lovely Gorda who has been with us for nearly 3 years. In December 2018 she went back to her owner  Olivia for a well earned rest. We will all miss her as she was a big part of our riding team. We wish her a long and happy retirement






Dotty is a Welsh Cob, 24 years of age and also 15 hands high. She has spent 5 years at Sandhurst Military College in their riding school helping the officers to ride. She also has a gentle nature and is ideal for our many riders. Picture below:  Dotty being ridden by Mark




Rory: After nearly two years with us our lovely Rory will be retiring in December 2017 for a well earned rest. He is going back to his owner Helen who is also one of our RDA Riding Coaches. We all wish him a long and happy retirement.                                                 






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