Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities

Photograph of the wind direction post at the Pacific Riding For Developing Abilities

 

 

 

 

One of the primary charities that Vancouver Division supports is the Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities (PRDA).  This is undertaken in the form of financial contributions made to support the horse, “Dodger”.

 

 

Photograph of Dodger and his rider

Photograph of Dodger with his rider Dylan (Source of photo – Sheldon Boles)

Dodger has recently joined the Pacific Riding for Developing Abilities.  He is a 12 year old quarter horse gelding. He’s 14.3 hands high, and weighs approximately 900 pounds. 

Photograph of Dodger and his rider Dylan

 

The PRDA was established in 1973 to provide therapeutic horseback riding to individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities.  The PRDA provides a caring and welcoming environment and they pride themselves on being a safe place for people to experience new things.

Doctors and rehabilitation specialists are increasingly recommending therapeutic riding for their patients with disabilities, as research shows that riders who participate in equine assisted therapy can experience physical, emotional and psycological rewards. Because horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider’s body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength.

For individuals with mental or emotional disabilities, the relationships formed with the horse, the instructors and the other riders can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem. The bonds formed between the horses, riders, and volunteers are very powerful, and they are incredible to watch. Imagine the joy of escaping crutches or a wheelchair to find independence and freedom on the back of a horse.

You can learn more about the Pacific Riding For Developing Abilities by visiting their website

Pacific Riding For Developing Abilities

 

Photograph of the Executive Committee presenting a cheque of continued support to Executive Director Michelle Meacher - Riding For Developing Abilities organization (Source of photo - Sheldon Boles)

July 2014 – Photograph of the Executive Committee presenting a cheque of continued support to Executive Director Michelle Meacher – Riding For Developing Abilities organization (Source of photo – Sheldon Boles)

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