Join an activity

Although riding is a core part of what we do, at Gaddesden Place RDA we offer a range of equine activities

We welcome individuals and groups from both mainstream and specialist schools, and residential care homes. We’re open Tuesday to Saturday in term-time, and provide holiday activities too.

We have participants aged 4 upwards with a wide range of needs and disabilities including:

  • cerebral palsy
  • autism & ADHD
  • learning difficulties
  • sight and hearing impairments
  • global developmental delay

Because of the nature of our work, we are specially equipped and provide a fantastic range of facilities.

Explore each of our equine activity pages below to find out more detail and get involved, or contact us at if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Riding Lessons

Group or individual lessons learning riding skills

Riding Simulator

One-to-one riding lessons on our mechanical horse, Champion

Equine Therapy

Activities interacting with a horse designed to develop self awareness & mental wellbeing

Tea with a Pony

Calm, friendly sessions meeting, stroking and sometimes grooming a pony and leading at the same time enjoying a cup of tea and a biscuit


Therapy using the motion of a walking horse

Where would we be without the RDA- physically its been amazing, emotionally its been supportive and the volunteers and horses are just incredible