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Training is important for safety


RDA is committed to providing quality training for its volunteers and, as well as a broad induction program, RDA centres conduct regular training to ensure volunteers' knowledge and skills are up-to-date. 

Volunteers may approach their centre's coach or committee member (or volunteer co-ordinator) to ask about training opportunities.  Workshop ideas include:

saddle fitting demonstration by an accredited saddle fitter

hoof care and shoeing demonstration by a farrier

visit by an equine dentist to find out more about teeth care

a veterinarian to talk about general horse care

a teacher, carer or physiotherapist to talk about specific disabilities and how volunteers might help such riders

practice emergency dismounts

practice an evacuation drill

train a horse to lead correctly

a State Office staff member to talk about their role

read/discuss the Volunteer Information Booklet or other recommended books for RDA Volunteers


RDA SA also delivers a regular program of training for volunteers and coaches.  These include:

State RDA Coaching Workshop (once yearly) - guest presenters deliver training on horse care, teaching riding skills, safety, and disabilities.

Disabilities Workshop (every two years) - a program covering the range of disabilities commonly encountered within RDA and how to assist.  Information is presented by RDA coaches and qualified professionals / presenters from other disability organisations.

OTC Training Workshop - held according to demand.  Includes everything you need to know from disabilities to horse care!

To discuss workshops or training opportunities contact our state Service Delivery Manager on 8377 3150


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