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Horses: Riding Sessions (RDA) for children with additional needs (age 8 - 16)

Run by Park Lane Stables
We are pleased to offer RDA Riding Sessions for children with additional needs and disabiliities at Park Lane Stables.
 
These are small group riding sessions with a member of the Park Lane Stables team. The parent/carer must stay with their child.
 
This one hour session will include getting to know the pony, getting the pony ready, going out for a 30 minute ride in the park and then grooming and feeding where appropriate. 
 
THIS SESSION DOES INCLUDE RIDING.
 
Please note that these days are just for the children with additional needs themselves - they are not for the brothers and sisters. We are offering other activities for siblings.
 
These sessions are aimed at children aged 8 to 16 years who can mount a pony (with assistance) and can hold themselves upright. Park Lane Stables offers other forms of riding for children who have complex physical disabilities.
 
 

If your child took part in this activity in the recent school holidays, please do not book this for the summer holiday.


There is such a lot of interest in this activity, that we need to give other families a chance to book. You can put your child's name on the waiting list and we will contact you if a space becomes available.

 

Please only book one session.

When these sessions are fully booked, we will open a waiting list.

This activity is offered free of charge but comes at significant cost to Skylarks. If you can, please make a donation. We suggest a donation of £15 for this activity.
  
This will take place at Park Lane Stable's new temporary venue in Petersham:
 

 
 
The group of 5 children will be accompanied by Park Lane Stables staff and volunteers. They will follow social distancing and Covid-19 guidelines. Parents are expected to accompany them and stay nearby.
 
Children need to wear clothes they do not mind getting dirty. 
 
We need to try to make booking this popular activity as fair as possible, to allow as many children as possible to join in. So we are putting the following conditions in place:
 
Please do not book more than one session for your child. If you would like to book a second session, put your name on the waiting list and if there are more spaces available you will be contacted.
 
If you need to cancel, please give at least 48 hours notice. If you give less than 48 hours notice, you may not be able to book another session.
 
 You will need to complete a form through Park Lane Stables before your child takes part in this activity. You will be emailed a link to this form. If you do not receive it, please check your junk mail folder.

PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT PARK LANE STABLES DIRECTLY AND PLEASE DO NOT JUST TURN UP ON THE DAY IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A BOOKING.


 
In order for your child to take part, you will need to agree to the following statements:
 
I understand that being near horses is a RISK sport and holds a potential danger and that horses may react unpredictably on occasions. I understand that my child could be injured - I accept that risk.
 
I understand that wearing boots may reduce the severity of any injury should an accident happen. I agree that my child will always wear strong boots whilst around horses and will not be allowed to take part without these. 
 
I understand that instructions are given for my own safety and I/my child must therefore obey the instructions of the instructor/riding centre staff and must comply with the Health & Safety requirements of Park Lane Stables.
 
I understand that Park Lane Stables may refuse my request to take part for safety or operational reasons.
 
I understand that without my consent my child will not be eligible to take part in sessions at Park Lane Stables. 

I understand and agree to Skylarks passing on necessary personal details to the third party provider of this course.

I agree with Skylarks' data protection policy https://www.skylarks.charity/page/data-protection



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