DE­FY­ING DIS­EASE

Your Horse (UK) - - Interview -

How Dar­ren is stay­ing one step ahead of Friedre­ich’s ataxia…

Rid­ing with the RDA once a week has slowed down the ef­fects of the con­di­tion by strength­en­ing Dar­ren’s core and im­prov­ing his pos­ture. Men­tally it has made him stronger by get­ting him out of the house and mix­ing with other peo­ple. Mak­ing him­self go to the cin­ema on his own helped to com­bat nerves and anx­i­ety. He rides his me­chan­i­cal horse daily, spurred on by want­ing to be even bet­ter in the sad­dle. Stay­ing pos­i­tive and fo­cus­ing on what he CAN do, not what he can’t, is key. Dar­ren’s next tar­get is para dres­sage tri­als.

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