Training is important for safety

RDA is committed to providing quality training for its volunteers and, as well as a broad induction program, RDA centres conduct regular training to ensure volunteers’ knowledge and skills are up-to-date.

Volunteers may approach their centre’s coach or committee member (or volunteer co-ordinator) to ask about training opportunities.

Workshop ideas include:

  • Saddle fitting demonstration by an accredited saddle fitter
  • Hoof care and shoeing demonstration by a farrier
  • Visit by an equine dentist to find out more about teeth care
  • A veterinarian to talk about general horse care
  • A teacher, carer or physiotherapist to talk about specific disabilities and how volunteers might help such riders
  • Practice emergency dismounts
  • Practice an evacuation drill
  • Train a horse to lead correctly
  • A State Office staff member to talk about their role
  • Read/discuss the Volunteer Information Booklet or other recommended books for RDA Volunteers

RDA SA also delivers a regular program of training for volunteers and coaches.

These include:

  • State RDA Coaching Workshop (once yearly) – guest presenters deliver training on horse care, teaching riding skills, safety, and disabilities.
  • Disabilities Workshop (every two years) – a program covering the range of disabilities commonly encountered within RDA and how to assist.  Information is presented by RDA coaches and qualified professionals / presenters from other disability organisations.
  • OTC Training Workshop – held according to demand.  Includes everything you need to know from disabilities to horse care!

To discuss workshops or training opportunities contact our state Service Delivery Manager on 8377 3150