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About Us

RDA is the only registered charity in Singapore which has been providing free therapeutic and rehabilitative horse-riding for children and adults with disabilities for the past 35 years.

We provide horse-riding therapy (hippotherapy) to those with special needs. Hippotherapy has helped those with physical disability like cerebral palsy with improved muscle tone and motor functions. Those with learning disability like autism have seen improved social skills and better sensory sensitivity.

As part of the therapy, we bring our riders out for walks at a nearby forested trail. For many of our riders with physical disabilities, going into a forest is impossible on a wheelchair or with a walking aid. But they can do so with ease on a horse-back.

Over the years, some of our riders have advanced beyond therapy riding to international competition level! Two of our riders, Gemma Foo and Maximillian Tan, who represented Singapore in the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Paralympics Games started their riding sessions

Our Programmes

We offer two programmes;

Therapeutic - riding for Special Schools, VWOs and Individuals (10 week programme) and Independent Rider programme
We work with all types of disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Hearing Impairment, Global Developmental Delay, Muscular Dystrophy and Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Riders gain self-confidence, improved circulation, respiration, balance, motor coordination and mobility through therapy. For someone who is unable to walk unaided, see or has communication difficulties, riding a horse gives them a sense of freedom and independence. Horses also provide tools for physical therapy and cognitive improvement, and sometimes these animals have the power to change a person perspective on life.

Besides the physical benefits derived from horse-riding therapy, the contact with the animal is a powerful experience, and the strong bond experienced has a profound, uplifting effect on people who are troubled or suffering.
SUPPORTED CAUSES
  • Animal Welfare
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Disability
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Choy Weng Leong

Riding For The Disabled Association of Singapore

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