A research project was carried out in 2019 by Rachelle Martin as part of a Ph D thesis. The main conclusions of the research project are summarised below.


“Therapy 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.”


Clinical Researcher, Rehabilitation Teaching and

Research Unit (RTRU), Department of Medicine,

University of Otago Wellington