At TPRDA, we are proud of our well mannered, fit and keen horses. We value them highly because without them there would be no RDA.
To qualify to be a "Totara Park RDA Horse", horses and ponies must be patient, fit and well, free-moving with an even gait, have a great temperament and above all, be willing and happy to work with us.
We like to keep our horses fresh by allowing pony club and adult riders to "lease a pony".
This gives our a horses a variety of different activities on site for non-RDA days and allows them to act like a ‘real’ horse for a while. Most important is the exercise they get while out with their lessee.
Lily is our strongest pony with a lively walk, perfect for older children and adults. She is a Clydesdale-Cob with the ideal gentle nature for RDA work and very popular with riders and volunteers alike.
Zoe, our finely built, gentle girl stands at 14.1 hands. She's a crossbred paint coloured pony with a tail most blondes would die for. At 8 and a half years old, she is our youngest horse. Her manners are wonderful too. This is very reassuring for new riders.
Tobi is a full sized Miss, at 14.2 hands who loves a balanced rider, making her ideal for the independent adult riders
Dancer is a girl with a lovely even temper who puts the new rider at their ease. She thinks dress up is fun too and is quite okay about being kitted out for our annual Gingerbread Horse Bake fund raiser launch.
Shorty our ex race horse is a very inquisitive boy who likes to help,sometimes picking up toys off the barrel.
Bobby, our cutest mare stands at 11 hands, which is ideal for smaller riders. On lease until the end of the year, she is a standard Dun/Buckskin with black points and an excellent walk. This movement and an unflappable nature make for perfect ride therapy.
Hershey is a boy who likes to keep the rest of the herd inline. However he adapts well to all sorts of riders and always does his best to make it enjoyable for them.
Saint is a sturdy Welsh-Cob boy with a broad back and the patience of a Saint. If rider confidence is low, Saint’s your boy to ride.
Jubilee, a 10 year old Palouse mare is our newest pony. She has excellent movement and an ideal temperament for our sessions. Her spots make her pretty interesting too. At 13.2 hands she is a welcome addition to the herd.
Additional Horse Sponsorship
If you would like to consider sponsoring a Totara Park RDA horse, have a horse you think might suit RDA, or would just like to discuss horses further, please click here.