Cen­tre needs more helpers

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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