Bid to set up Spalding area Riding for Disabled group

Adele Barker with her pony, Lottie. SG240217-101TW
Adele Barker with her pony, Lottie. SG240217-101TW
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A young mum who says riding horses saved her life wants to set up her own Riding for the Disabled (RDA) group.

Adele Barker (34) suffered post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following an ectopic miscarriage but riding helped her recover without prescription drugs.

The mum of three wants to give more women the chance to recover from PTSD and has already arranged an open meeting at 6pm on Tuesday, May 2 at the Lincolnshire Wolds RDA base, the Lincolnshire Rural Activities Centre, Kenwick Hill, Louth.

Adele says women who go to the meeting will see for themselves the benefits of riding.

She wants to open an RDA centre in the Spalding area and has already been given a yard by her parents.

Adele says: “Everything depends on council rules and regulations and whether we will be allowed to do it. I really do want to take it up because there are so many people out there that we could help.”

Since Adele featured on the front page of last week’s Free Press, her story has been taken up by the magazine Horse and Hound.

Adele has worked at several riding establishments over the years, including Fourwinds Equestrian Centre at West Pinchbeck, but being close to horses isn’t totally trouble free.

“I am extremely allergic to horses,” says Adele. “I have to take antihistamines every day.”

Adele had emergency life-saving surgery following an 
ectopic miscarriage in June 2015 and developed PTSD.

Riding a ‘scruffbag’ pony, Lottie, was the turning point in her recovery.

• Contact Adele by emailing infohorsesforhealth@gmail.com