Guiding at the Follifoot Disabled Riders Group

A wonderful start to Volunteer Week! Follifoot Disabled Riders Group offer opportunities for people with disabilities of all ages to ride a horse in a very supportive and friendly environment.

I was helping with two groups of riders, pre-school and adults. It was possible to see just how much people were enjoying their rides, and whilst that is great, the benefits of the riding are more profound.

It was therapy, but without it seeming to be so. Some of the volunteers have backgrounds in healthcare, and that added to what the Group could achieve, but the key point was a lovely team doing great work and adding significantly to the quality of life for many disabled people in our community.

Talking to the mums and dads of the pre-school riders provided a real insight. They told me how much their children enjoyed their rides, that it was a highlight of the week for them and how it had helped with development. Balance, muscle development and confidence had all improved, plus for children with autism it had had a calming effect.

Some of the volunteers told me they had helped there for many years, some for only a few months, but the Group was always looking for more helpers.

For more information on Follifoot Disabled Riders Group please click here.


About Andrew Jones MP

The MP for Harrogate, Knaresborough and Boroughbridge
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