Can Wheelchair Users Ride Horses?
If you’ve ever found yourself searching for “horse riding for disabled people”, you’ve certainly come to the right place.
At Calvert Exmoor, every one of our accessible activities is within reach for people with mobility impairments. All of our activities are adapted to suit the individual needs of every guest, with horse and carriage riding being no exception.
Developing a connection with beautiful animals like horses makes adventuring in the great outdoors that much more enjoyable, and we believe it’s something everyone should get to experience. We share everything you need to know about horse and carriage riding for wheelchair users below.
Can Wheelchair Users Take Part in Horse Riding?
For those who want more physically challenging adventure activities for wheelchair users, horse-based sessions may just be for you!
Ensuring our activities are inclusive for all is part and parcel of what we do; thanks to the adaptive equipment here at our stables, we are able to transfer some wheelchair users safely on to horseback so they can enjoy a gentle ride on one of our lovely stables residents.
Alternatively, for those who don’t want to ride a horse or have very limited mobility, we offer guests the chance to enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride around our centre and the reservoir, making for a wonderful experience. Take in the stunning surrounding views Exmoor has to offer and get a breath of fresh air.
Benefits of Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides for Wheelchair Users
We’re sure guests with impaired mobility will find a horse-drawn carriage ride deeply rewarding. Many find equine-based activities incredibly therapeutic, as this activity provides an interactive experience like no other, encouraging the following:
- A sense of empowerment, independence and self-confidence.
- A sense of calm and well-being.
- A mental and physical challenge.
- Improved reflexes.
- Creating a bond between the rider and our lovely ponies.
With gentle temperaments and specialist training, our stable residents love to socialise with our guests and everyone visiting Calvert Exmoor will have the chance to meet our horses and ponies and see how they range in size, from our big Suffolk Punch to our smaller carriage ponies.
In addition, our friendly staff will supervise the sessions, so you can be assured that the experience will be safe and relaxing.
Other Horse-Based Activities
If that wasn’t enough, our sessions also include a range of other horse-related activities! For example, we offer guests the chance to explore our on-site stables and participate in grooming and stable management.
Believe it or not, you can even learn to become something of a horse whisperer! Horses can be somewhat of a mystery, so we’ll teach you how to ‘speak horse’ and understand their behaviour.
Our horse-based activities are available for guests enjoying a mid-week break from Monday-Friday, but for those wanting to enjoy horse-based activities on the weekend, we also offer exclusive Riding Weekends throughout the year, so keep an eye out for these!
Other Accessible Activities for Wheelchair Users in North Devon
For those who want a variety of wheelchair accessible holidays in the UK, adapted carriage and horse riding is but one of many thrilling activities we offer for everyone.
We’re lucky to be located where we are, surrounded by scenic countryside views and land that is rife for exploration. At Calvert Exmoor, you’re never too far from the numerous splendours of the natural world, such as the seaside, woodland trails and rivers that populate the picturesque locations of Devon.
If you’re in the mood for watersports, canoe along the sparkling waters of Wistlandpound Reservoir, or if you want some seaside fun, trek along accessible sandy beaches on a rented wheelchair or mobility scooter. Alternatively, you could observe the various wildlife that dwells in hidden corners of the forests.
As there are plenty of wheelchair friendly trails in North Devon, there’s bound to be something for you to enjoy no matter your level of mobility.
We hope this has given you a good idea of what adventures lie in wait at Calvert Exmoor for all. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have, so please do not hesitate to get in touch!