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Tye joined Riding for the Disabled in November 2015. He has Cerebral Palsy. He has an energetic nature and doesn't let anything daunt him – he’s open to trying new things.
Tye is a very quick learner, he started out with two side walkers and very quickly learnt how to re-balance himself and can ride independently with only one side walker.
Tye loves attention and has a cheeky nature, a smile that lights up the room, and he loves to ride and to learn. His catchphrase at the beginning when learning the games was "too easy".
At the end of his sessions, Tye now gets his horse’s feed ready; his leader tells him what is required and he makes it up by himself which he loves.
In 2018 we asked him what he liked about attending RDA and what his goals were.
Here is what he said:
“My name is Tye. I am 9 years old and I have been riding for 2 years.
Me and my horse Aladdin do exercises and play games, like the maze, the target throw, and the basketball game. I love the target game. I always try to score the highest points.
After the ride I help to get the feed for the horses and brush them. I like it because I get to help the leaders.
When I just started riding I felt happy and scared at the same time but now I feel confident.
I ride on a sheepskin and can sit upright the whole time. It builds my confidence and makes me strong. I like challenges such as riding backwards and holding hula hoops up in the air. I always have a great time at riding.
I made friends with the volunteers who look after the horses and are side walkers. I hope it continues so one day I can help the riders when I am older.”
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In October 2015 I fell while jumping my young horse and sustained a spinal cord injury which has left me a T4/5 paraplegic.
I have been a horse rider since the age of 12. Before my accident I was a competitive rider competing mainly in Eventing. When I left the Burwood Spinal Unit in February 2016 I was determined to ride again, but unsure if it was even possible.”
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