Riding Therapy
My Story: Lydia


“I’ve been coming to Muirfield Riding Therapy for 7 or 8 years.  I have Multiple Sclerosis and I took a really bad relapse.  I woke up one morning and couldn’t move at all.  My physio used to volunteer here and she said to me one morning,  ‘What would you think about going to ride a horse?’ I said, ‘You’re joking?!’  She wasn’t!”

“I’m on top of the world when I’m here”, Lydia says. “This is mine, you know, this is the one time I have for myself.”

But she wasn’t always so confident,

“I was very scared to start with, it felt very daunting as I find it difficult meeting new people.  Now nothing could stop me; driving here if there is a tractor on the road I just want it to get out of the way! I don’t want to be late for my lesson!”

Lydia has even learned dressage from one of our volunteers, and has competed in national dressage competitions. She rides our therapy pony Macgregor.

“The first time I went on Macgregor, I loved the way he moved; he’s got a swagger and it suits me to a T!”

What would you say to someone thinking of trying Riding Therapy?

My message is just come, see it for yourself. You’ll not look back, I promise!

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