Riding High with Horseback Therapy

Riding High with Horseback Therapy


Hi. I’m Aurelie. I work in HSBC Private Bank, Singapore
in the Operational Risk team. I started to be a volunteer for RDA
in October 2010. RDA stands
for Riding for the Disabled Association. We provide a programme giving
free therapeutic horse riding sessions to different riders
with all kinds of disabilities. It could be cognitive, physical
or it could be learning disabilities. My work is divided into two parts. So in the mornings I exercise the horse
that we need to get ready. In the afternoons
I lead one of the sessions when we are helping our riders
to overcome their disabilities through some games and activities. A lot of our riders may be stiff
or may have very limited mobility because of their disability. So suddenly they are put on a horse,
they can travel around a big open space. There is a certain sense
of freedom to it. My name is Samuel. Over the past
two-and-half years of riding I have been enjoying, physically improving and I have made friends over here. Sam, I have known him
for at least three or four years. Almost since the beginning.
He’s very good. He has cerebral palsy, so his purpose
on the horse is more to relax. RDA is primarily staffed by volunteers. So someone like Aurelie
who came upon RDA or rather we came upon her. It was really a great relationship
that was formed. A great partnership. The first skill I learnt here
was really patience. You have to be so humble
and you have to take your time and you have to adapt yourself even more
to what the situation is. Also, you realise
that you are very lucky. So it’s also a way to realise
how life can be very fragile. When you have a smile on the face
of the rider at the end, this is your pay check for the session.

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