Hervey Bay Riding for the Disabled Association member Victoria Clarke with 34-year-old Patch.
Hervey Bay Riding for the Disabled Association member Victoria Clarke with 34-year-old Patch. Alistair Brightman

Riding for the Disabled desperately needs younger horses

HERVEY Bay's Riding for the Disabled has put out a desperate plea for the donation or lease of quiet horses and ponies.

Volunteer Cheryl Greer said the group had several old ponies that they wanted to retire due to their ailing health, but to do that they needed to find new horses that were able to be ridden by children with mild to severe disabilities.

"We've got seven horses here at the moment and all but one are over 20 years old," she said.

"Three are over 30 years old and really should be retired."

Ms Greer said due to the group's limited funding they could not afford to pay much for any suitable ponies or horses, but they were open to leases and, of course, donations.

"We would prefer something between 13 and 15 hands, and they really have to be what we refer to as bombproof," she said.

"We do lead the kids around but we find quite a few of them go on to ride independently."

Ms Greer said all horses were well looked after - fed daily, rugged, vaccinated, vet-checked and given plenty of attention - at the Dundowran Equestrian Park.

"The facilities are fabulous," she said.

"If we could get more horses we could take more riders."

Anyone who may be able to provide a horse or funding should phone Cheryl on 4125 2850.

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