I have done a lot of teaching for RDA (Riding for the Disabled) in the UK.
You might like to hear of two of many incidents that have stuck in my mind.
One was with a wheelchair bound man who remarked that it was so good to be looking down on people rather than always looking up at them.
The second was an incident with a boy of about 11. Darren was totally blind after a brain bleed.
I had taken him out, starting off leading him from my horse but, on the way home I let him off the lead rein. We were walking up a quiet lane when a heifer jumped the fence right by our side. The pony jumped forward and to the side or he would have been hit by the heifer and Darren fell off. He was not hurt and I verbally guided him to catching the pony and remounting on his own.
As we walked back Darren said to me "Do you know the worse thing about being blind is?"
'Not being able to see? " I replied.
"Nope," he said, "The very worse thing is that nobody will let you do anything. I fell off on my own, I caught Rocky on my own and I got back on on my own so, I can do somethings!"
Riding gives a handicapped person mobility, a sense of independence and freedom.