In 2019 Dr Rachelle Martin, a physiotherapist, carried out a research project as part of a Ph.D. thesis. The main conclusions of the research project are summarised below.
“Therapeutic Horse Riding was found to be accessible for children and young people with a wide range of impairments, providing for an increased activity repertoire and therefore increased opportunities to develop and practice skills.
Riders and caregivers referenced a lack of other accessible leisure activity options compared to their non disabled peers.
The NZRDA environment was also a context in which riders experienced an emphasis on their capacities and strengths rather than their deficits and difficulties.”
DR RACHELLE MARTIN
Clinical Researcher, Rehabilitation Teaching and Research Unit (RTRU) Department of Medicine
University of Otago