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Meet our Horses

Our horses are our four-legged therapists, carefully selected for their calm temperament and soundness. The legs of these beautiful animals become the legs of our riders, allowing them a sense of freedom they seldom experience elsewhere in life. Through individual Rider Goals, set by our Coach in conjunction with others involved in the care and education of the rider, we see measurable improvements for our riders through their engagement with our programmes.


The movement of a horse naturally emulates ours by being three dimensional. This provides therapy and improves the well-being and mobility of our riders. A special bond quickly develops between horse and rider.


Horse riding is a unique form of exercise and rehabilitation. The complex movement of the horse helps to improve coordination, balance, muscular development and fitness. Horse riding and horse-related activities assist in the development and restoration of personal confidence, self esteem, communication skills, leadership and trust. For people with challenging behaviour for example, horses offer a powerful medium for restoring a sense of personal control, which significantly improves behaviour towards family, teachers and friends.



Born:      2009
Breed:    Kaimanawa
Height:   14hh
Colour:   Chestnut

Kindly Sponsored By:  

Annette Wilson  

Phoenix joined us in May 2015. He was mustered out of the wild in May 2014 and competed at Equidays and Horse of the Year in the Kaimanawa Heritage Horses Stallion Challenge. He has a very kind but mischievous nature and has fitted in to the team and RDA life extremely well.

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Born:      2003

Breed:    NZ Bush Pony

Height:   14.2hh

Colour:   Palomino

Kindly Sponsored By:
Beverly Forrester & Noelene Quedley

Eddie came to RDA early in 2022 on loan from our coach. He originates from the hills of East cape, a genuine New Zealand bush pony. A big horse with short legs, Eddie is the kindest, try hard horse you will ever meet. He loves an adventure through the forest, and especially loves a swim at the beach.



Born:      2005

Breed:    Quarter horse/Appaloosa/Tobiano Paint

Height:   15.2hh

Colour:    Paint

Kindly Sponsored By:

Rhonda Cope

Missie has striking markings and a very gentle nature to boot.  Missie has previously competed in dressage, show jumping, and been shown in hand. Missie came to us through the generosity of one of our volunteers in November 2016.



Born:      2002

Breed:    Shetland/Clydesdale Cross

Height:   13hh

Colour:   Black

Kindly Sponsored By:

Kensington Own a Pony Group

Boxer came to RDA in early 2022 on loan from our coach. Boxer is known to throw his feed bucket at you, if he thinks he is not getting the attention his cuteness deserves and can smell a treat from a mile away. If Boxer wants to go somewhere, he can be quite determined, so leaders need to have their heads in the game.



Born:      2001

Breed:    English Riding pony

Height:   12.2hh

Colour:   Grey

Kindly Sponsored By:
Alison Main

Lenny has a very laid back personality. He is wonderful with our children and loves the attention from the volunteers too. He previously competed in dressage, show jumping and Pony Club. Lenny came to us from Kumeu in January 2017.



Born:      2002

Breed:    Clydesdale X

Height:   14.1hh

Colour:   Bay

Kindly Sponsored By:

Deryl Monks

Cruise joined us in May 2019. In his pre RDA life he was involved in Pony Club and some low level competition. Cruise by name, cruisy by nature, he is a very calm and nice natured horse well suited to RDA life.



Born:      2005

Breed:    Station bred

Height:   14.3hh

Colour:   Paint

Kindly Sponsored By:

Royce Davis

Indi arrived in September 2019. Before starting her life with us, she had competed at pony club and been an amazing hunter up to a couple of years ago when she had her foal. Indie has a beautiful, soft and giving nature. She is proving to be a bit hit with our clients.



Born:      2007

Breed:    Station bred

Height:   15.1hh

Colour:   Palomino

Kindly Sponsored By:

Autoland North Shore

Texas arrived in April 2021. She was gifted to us by her previous owner after she stopped competing. Texas is a sweet, gentle, strong and very pretty mare who has adjusting well to the busy life of an RDA horse after being turned out for a few years before she came to RDA. 

Interested in sponsoring one of our amazing horses? Find out more.

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