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post #1 of 7 Old 07-15-2015, 08:51 AM Thread Starter
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joining the RDA as volunteer

hi,

so i wanted to do something meaningful in my summer holiday away from school and i came across the riding for the disabled assosiation, i want to learn more about taking care of horses and be around horses but im wondering whether the rda is a good place to start, im 18 and im veey keen and fascinated by horses but i've only had a couple encounters with them through lessons, so im afraid that it may be difficult for me to excel at helping at the rda, the rda offer to also teach all skills required but they do require that i am confortable around horses, would you suggest i find a local farm and offer to help out etc? so i can be more prepared with the help needed of me me or just go straight in and start helping out with the rda straight away?

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-15-2015, 09:06 AM
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It's fantastic that you're looking in to doing something like this!


I did this for two years in a row : https://www.ssafa.org.uk/help-you/cu...rvice-children

It was in Germany, however. It was VERY rewarding. I had a great time and met some fantastic people. This was 24/7 care for a week. I had to attend an interview and a training weekend so I was able to provide the best care and time for the children. Unfortunately, due to the drawdown of British troops in Germany they no longer host the holiday in Germany any more, and the dates don't fit my calendar... or I'd be right back to it!

Are you fearful around horses? If not, I would say give them a ring and go for it. If it doesn't work out, then you'll know pretty soon. And I am sure if you work this summer, if you're continuing to do A levels/ college/ BTEC etc that next summer you'd be welcome to go back.
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-15-2015, 09:50 AM
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I volunteered for several years with a local riding program for the disabled. I highly recommend it, but do not feel it necessary to get involved in a national organization. Do a search on riding programs in your area, call them and see what volunteer opportunities they offer, and check out in person the programs that interest you. each program is different, and their leadership can make all the difference in the world.

Regardless, training by the programs for their volunteers is often specific to their program but is usually quite thorough. It is a pretty safe bet that you will get all the training you need by a specific program, but keep an open mind about any "red flags" that might occur when you visit.

Best wishes! Such a rewarding time in my life.
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-15-2015, 02:25 PM
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RDA is a great organisation and they would welcome a fit young person to assist.

The only thing I would say is that usually during the school holidays it all usually stops. Children are at home and many helpers have other commitments.
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-15-2015, 07:01 PM
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I wouldn't think you would need much horse experience, and wouldn't let that be a barrier for you helping.In my limited experience the horses used are exceptionally quiet and well trained.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-16-2015, 02:59 PM
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Welcome to the forum. Each group will be run according to their local leadership and the knowledge of their people and the number. I would think that most would like your help and put you where you are needed and can learn. Doing work at a local barn is great for learning, but don't do it free unless it is a rescue. They should at least give you riding lessons in exchange. We have one local group here that used one of my horses one summer for children with disabilities. A great feeling to help people.
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-16-2015, 03:46 PM
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In the UK most groups are voluntary, people bring in their ponies to an arena and th children are brought from their schools, this is why I say that most groups in the UK stop during school holidays.

When running one group I found that most of the volunteers were rather on the elderly side. This was fine but they found running to keep a pony trotting to hard. I called three High Schools and arranged for senior children to attend one afternoon every three weeks. Most did have horse experience but several didn't. It worked well, the riders had all the faster work they needed and the leaders had an afternoon off school.
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