Centre needs more helpers
Ambury Park Centre for Riding Therapy in Mangere Bridge is looking for volunteers.
The centre is internationally recognised for its work using horses to assist young people with a range of health and behaviour difficulties.
The horses’ regular rhythmical movement, especially in walk, enables therapists to work with riders to develop mobility and muscle control.
Grooming, riding and caring for a horse also creates a bond between rider and animal.
Each week more than 80 people attend the centre for a session of riding therapy.
The sessions last for up to one hour and are led by a qualified thera- pist or coach and can involve up to four riders at a time.
Most of the riders are unable to ride unassisted and the centre needs volunteers to ensure their rides are enjoyable, safe experiences.
Riding therapy is held Monday to Friday from 9am to 3.30pm.
The centre currently needs leaders for midweek sessions who are reasonably fit.
Leaders are responsible for leading the horses and must have had previous horse riding or driving experience, have owned a horse or been involved with an equine club.