Riding for Disabled at Docklands
Robyn, aged 7 (Photo: Nick Ward)

Riding for the Disabled is an internationally recognised charity that enables riders with disabilities to undertake riding.

Docklands Equestrian Centre is a member group of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) and we have RDA qualified staff. We undertake lessons for a variety of disabilities. Each lesson is tailored for the individual, considering their needs and ambitions.

Learning to ride is fun and gives all our riders a real sense of achievement. Each week children from local schools ride and interact with our horses, which is proven to be therapeutic and in some cases can be life changing.

Please Contact us for details of our disabled group rides.

I have been taking small groups of students to Docklands Equestrian Centre for over 4 years. The students have a wide range of special needs but all of them respond positively to the horses. For many it is their first time being up close to an animal and it’s just great to watch them overcome any fears they may have and simply enjoy the experience. The instructors and staff at the stables are wonderful and my students love chatting to them whilst the horses are being saddled up. The best bit for me is seeing them grow in terms of their strength and balance. They can all do rising trot which is challenging at the best of times and I am very proud of all of them, I just wish we had a minibus so we could take a larger number of students!

Pauline Haywood | Health Mentor

Forest Gate School, Newham