Pegasus RDA offers horse riding and horse care to people with disabilities in the South Manchester area. The team has a wealth of experience meaning that we can coach all levels of rider and work on a personal basis to achieve goals, or just have fun! You can download our Pegasus RDA Rider Application Form here.
Our sessions are on a Sunday morning between 9:30 and 12:30, running all year round. Our sessions have on average four riders with a maximum of five. In time we would like to expand and offer more sessions if we could get more funding and volunteers! We group together riders of similar experience and levels of riding into the different sessions and the coaches create lesson plans specifically for each session to meet the ability and needs of the riders.
Every rider is different and we respect this fact and work with each rider to understand individual goals and objectives, whatever they may be. Some riders want to win the next game, others may wish to learn to trot, jump or ride their pony with no help. As a team, we work together to help every rider progress in the direction that best fits their needs and wants. We also monitor rider progress via the RDA Tracker.
RDA has a wonderful scheme called Endeavour Awards. Here riders can choose a challenge or skill to work towards and buddy up with a volunteer or coach to hit the aim. The aim may be a long term one, or one that can be achieved quickly. Once achieved the rider is awarded a certificate and badge. Although mainly aimed at children to enhance engagement and focus, the same principle of working towards aims is applied for our adult riders, who if you would also like a badge you may have one!
Our horse hire fees are currently funded by a BBC Children In Need grant, meaning sessions are free to riders. We do welcome donations and have a suggested donation amount of £5 per session. In addition, late cancellation and “no-show” charges of £13 apply if we cannot find another rider to take the space.
Our current weight limit for riders is 11 stone. This is due to regulations recently put in place by RDA National to ensure the welfare of horses, and our largest horse is restricted to 11 stone.