Hoist gives chil­dren a lift

The Oban Times - - News -

A HOIST that al­lows peo­ple liv­ing with a dis­abil­ity to ride horses was un­veiled last week.

Oban and Lorn Rid­ing for the Dis­abled re­vealed the new equip­ment at an open day at Ach­nalarig Rid­ing Sta­bles.

Su­san Jones, of Rid­ing for the Dis­abled, said: ‘We were told 18 months ago we had to have a hoist in­stead of lift­ing the childen or they wouldn’t be able to ride, so we had to raise money for it.’

The hoist, cost­ing £6,000, was paid for by the Bank of Scot­land Foundation, Scot­tish Sea Farms, West High­land Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and many other firms.

Mrs Jones con­tin­ued: ‘They were mar­vel­lous and very sup­port­ive.

‘It has been up and run­ning for two to three months but we de­cided to have an open day to raise aware­ness. The ben­e­fits for the chil­dren are ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic.’

Dougie Cruik­shank, eight, comes to ride ev­ery Fri­day. His helper Heather MacPherson said: ‘He just loves it. He gets loads out of it. It helps his core and helps him with his move­ment.’

Dougie’s mum, Laura, added: ‘He’s been com­ing for more than five years. It’s bril­liant. I would like to thank every­one for mak­ing it pos­si­ble.’

Dougie Cruik­shank is helped off the horse with the hoist.

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