On the 23rd October 2022, Barrow Farm hosted a regional training day for coaches in training. As part of their training, group coaches have to complete three modules and today’s session was the practical elements of the Horse Care and Knowledge module. Five of the coaches from Barrow Farm were involved in delivering sessions on topics from condition scoring and conformation analysis, to putting on rugs and getting the horses ready to travel. The horses and ponies were all extremely well behaved and feedback on all parts of the day was very positive.
Four of Barrow Farm’s coaches were invited to attend the RDA National Coaching Conference in Warwickshire on 13-14 October. Sally, Anne, Clare and Isobel attended a theory day covering topics including coaching the coach, when to call the vet as well as normal and abnormal development in children and how riding can help.
The second day was held at the new RDA National Centre and included sessions on keeping RDA horses and ponies sound through use of dynamic mobility exercises and polework. Followed by a session on biomechanics focusing on the effect of horse and rider on saddle straightness.
All the coaches at Barrow Farm RDA have undertaken comprehensive training to become RDA coaches but attending training events and conferences are important parts of their continuing development. This ensures that they are able to support our diverse range of riders, whatever their abilities, to maximise their potential and get as much as possible from riding.