Hoist gives children a lift
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.