RDA volunteer Elizabeth Leonard feeds a nose bag to Gelly.
RDA volunteer Elizabeth Leonard feeds a nose bag to Gelly.

Help provide special horses with continual care

CORONAVIRUS has slowed many activities in the community and Toowoomba Riding for the Disabled is no different.

However, the 10 horses at the stable still need continual care and volunteers are on hand to feed and check the horses regularly each week.

“2019 was a challenging year with drought conditions demanding the horses were hand fed for many months to maintain good condition while they served their riders,” Toowoomba RDA volunteer Barbara Rathmell said.

“Then came good rain followed by a very bad fly infestation which had volunteers checking and treating horses twice daily for almost a month.”

Ms Rathmell said with 2020 starting in a similar fashion, the team were now on the lookout for people in the community keen to offer a helping hand.

“The Toowoomba RDA is always on the lookout for volunteers to help on two riding days a week and is seeking interested people to take on a coaching role,” she said.

“These volunteers should have some horse knowledge and enjoy being a team player.

“Currently there are two qualified coaches, who, on riding days organise activities for riders to build confidence, core strength and in general, help to encourage a strong relationship between horse and rider.”

She said while the role was voluntary, it gave back in other ways.

“Coaches have a pivotal role in ensuring lessons are honed to suit each individual rider to get the best possible outcome in the time spent on horseback,” she said.

“For volunteers this is a very rewarding activity, to witness the interaction between horse and rider and the delight emanating from a rider when success is achieved - it’s wonderful.

“So if you are looking for a horse related volunteer activity please consider Toowoomba RDA, you won’t be disappointed and I guarantee you will be rewarded greatly for the time spent with these delightful riders and horses.”

She added if people didn’t have time to spare, they could also donate to the service to help cover the costs of vet services, hoof care, warming and fodder.

For more information on donations or volunteering, contact the RDA coaches on 0418 733642 or 0410 480849.



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