Ruairidh's StoryRuairidh's Story
It always makes our day hearing about the positive impact coming to Shiresmill for Theraputic Riding Sessions has on our riders. Below one of our riders' mums, Catherine, tells us how Ruairidh benefits from coming to the Centre. We are so proud of Ruairidh, and also of our wonderful volunteers who, along with him and of course our amazing ponies, make all of this possible. They truly are a dream team!
'Ruairidh has benefitted hugely from riding at Shiresmill regularly since being referred several years ago by his Occupational Therapist: His core stability has improved; his confidence has been boosted; it has helped his communication skills, having to listen and follow instructions. And, for me, most importantly, it has allowed him the chance to successfully take part in a physical activity and develop an interest. Most other sports are too challenging for him, but riding is accessible and achievable, albeit with the support of the lovely staff and volunteers who give freely of their time each week to help him for each ride, on the lead rein and walking along either side of him. Everyone involved do so much for him and for others and we are always very, very grateful'.