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18 Sep

Children with visual impairments saddle up at Pegasus

Children with visual impairments saddle up at Pegasus

Children with visual impairments saddle up at Pegasus

A group of blind and visually impaired young riders had a busy and fun filled few days at Pegasus Riding Centre near Morpeth over the summer holidays.

The children received riding lessons and took part in pony care activities including grooming and cleaning tack. They met the local farrier who talked to the children about the importance of looking after a pony’s feet and they also took part in a countryside challenge and competition.

The Morpeth Riding For The Disabled Group is a registered charity that is based at The Pegasus Centre and gives people with special needs and disabilities a chance to develop their abilities and enrich their lives through riding specially trained ponies.

Over 300 riders aged between 4 to 67 use the centre each week, travelling from all over the county and even Tyneside to attend.

Northumberland County Councillor, Cath Homer, cabinet member with responsibility for leisure said:

“We have a small, dedicated team of  paid staff and a team of passionate volunteers that turn up week in, week out to provide their invaluable support to help make the centre work and events such as this one possible.  

“Horse riding is an amazing therapy for people with disabilities providing  a new sense of freedom, achievement and independence while at the same time improving  strength, balance and coordination.”

Useful Vision is a group that comes to Pegasus each Tuesday evening. It is a registered charity providing positive opportunities and fun-packed events for blind or partially sighted children around the North East.

Leanne Beattie from Active Northumberland said:

 “The children had an amazing time and without exception each and every one of them really enjoyed it.  Our ponies were impeccably behaved which is always very reassuring for the riders. ”

For more information about the pegasus, please visit the page here

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