benefitsErme Valley Riding for the Disabled Group provides riding to those with:

  • Physical and cognitive disabilities
  • Sensory impairments
  • Social and emotional disorders

Established in 1983 and staffed entirely from a dedicated and committed raft of 50 volunteers our ultimate aim is to allow every individual to become as knowledgeable and independent as possible. Many of our clients are unable to participate in traditional sporting and recreational activities. Riding offers an opportunity to succeed at a unique activity, whilst receiving educational and therapeutic benefits. Every individual has their own needs and personal goals and our positive environment allows them all to progress and achieve.

Riding offers clients a new visual perspective of the world, whilst encouraging independence and self sufficiency.

Those with mobility impairment benefit from the three dimensional gait of the horse, which closely simulates human walking movements.

Clients with emotional or cognitive problems are motivated to increase their self-control, patience and concentration, as they learn to guide their horse. The relationship riders develop with their equine and volunteer partners promote unique emotional and social growth.