Call to take up the reins for charity

NATASHA THYNE
Last updated 05:00 25/07/2014
Riding for the Disabled Timaru coaches Hazel Marshall, left, and Heather Aitken, with Fraggle.
HELPING HANDS: Riding for the Disabled Timaru coaches Hazel Marshall, left, and Heather Aitken, with Fraggle. The charity is looking for more volunteers to help with weekly walking sessions.

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Riding for the Disabled in Timaru is calling for people to take the reins.

The charity is looking for more volunteers to help out during its weekly sessions.

Volunteers were needed for a variety of tasks, but mostly leading the horses or walking next to the horses when people were riding, coach Hazel Marshall said. Because of this, volunteers needed to be fit and able to do a reasonable amount of walking.

The organisation had about 29 regular riders and was always busy. Marshall said it had a short waiting list and if there were more volunteers, more people would be able to ride.

While the organisation had a "good lot" of volunteers, it was looking for as many new people as possible for the sessions, held at the Landsborough Rd facilities on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Volunteers would have a training day to learn what to expect and how to talk to the children who ride, Marshall said.

For people with disabilities, riding the horses helps with movement, increasing core strength and gaining confidence.

"I enjoy seeing children usually in a wheelchair on a horse. There is a wide range of advantages," Marshall said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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