Jill’s Story

My name is Jill and I am 26. I have cerebral palsy, and I am in a wheelchair all the time. I have been going to the RDA Glasgow group for 10 years now and I love it. I go once a week on a Thursday night for an hour during term time, and the horse that I ride now is called Heart. He is black and white and he is just beautiful. Due to having cerebral palsy I find it difficult to hold myself up when I am out of my wheelchair but when I am on my horse I can sit up myself nicely. I always have 2 side walkers who walk around with me. Over the years I’ve learned how to hold myself up, for example, when I went at first the side walkers needed to hold me up and now they have their hands on my legs and I can do everything else myself. My horse riding isn’t just a sport, it is like physiotherapy to me because it does really help me like my back muscles and my legs muscles too. When I have not been for a while I feel my legs tight, so it does really help.