Equines in RDA

In this section of the website, you will find useful resources and information that you will need to keep our RDA horses and ponies fit and well. (For policies the group should adopt please go to the Policies Page).

Please scroll down this page for up to date Equine News. We also have sub-pages that contain a range of information from sourcing horses to vaccinations. Forms and policies can be found in the right hand side resources section. If you can’t find what you are looking for please contact Emma at RDA National Office.

Corona Virus Emergency Planning For Equines

Tess Fordham, Regional Vet in Scotland, has created this advice for Groups who look after Equines. This has been emailed to all Group Equine Contacts. If you need to contact your Regional Equine Advisor or Regional Vet please see our Equine Contacts list on the right hand side.

If you need to access a Digital Vet, whether it’s for Equine or small animal advice, Jessica May RDA Regional Vet, has shared this link with us at First Vet Appointments are free during certain hours until 30 April.

This Essential Travel Form may be useful if you are attending to Equines and are stopped and queried about your whereabouts. Please also be aware that if you have anyone other than the usual person exercising your Equines, or if they have moved location temporarily, then you need to fill in the Insurance and Exercising of Horses form and email to pdean@rda.org.uk

During this time we do have a What’s App group for RDA Groups who own and loan their own Equines. This is in addition to our normal Group Equine Advisor contact although the same person may be on both. This is purely for up to date information regarding Equine welfare during the Covid19 situation.  If you would like to be added to this group please email Doug Smith riwm2@hotmail.com

For more information about Covid19 and RDA please visit our dedicated Covid19 page. 

Group Equine Advisor

For all groups who own or long term loan their Equines and haven’t already advised National Office of a suitable person to be a Group Equine Contact then please email ebayliss@rda.org.uk We need name, telephone number and email address. The person who takes on this role will need to be contactable by phone and email and respond to messages when required. They need to be involved with the daily management of RDA horses and be happy to be kept up to date about any Equine health situations that may arise. We will only contact you for these purposes unless you are involved in another role within RDA.

Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1)

Please find the latest BEF update  regarding EHV-1 here. More information on this disease can be found on the Animal Trust website. In the meantime if RDA groups have any immediate concerns about their equines health we suggest contacting your usual Vet. If you have any general queries your RDA Regional Vets are on hand to assist. If you need their contact details please email ebayliss@rda.org.uk

Hot Topic

Many Equine charities run awareness weeks to bring attention to different health conditions and factors that affect Equine Health. This section will be regularly updated to keep RDA Groups aware of current campaigns. Our current hot topic is horse microchip deadlines which are compulsory from October 2020. You can check your microchip is registered on the Central Equine Datebase. If you don’t find a record of this then please contact your Passport Issuing Authority. For more information on microchipping and the law please click here

Horse Movement and Brexit

Please follow the link to the BEF page for information on horse movement after Brexit.

RDA Horse of the Year 2019

Congratulations to Cracker from Lincolnshire Wolds RDA, winner for 2019 of our RDA Horse/Pony of the Year Award.

Every RDA Group has different equine needs, from sedate ponies to weight carrying cobs to athletic competition horses. We are trying to move away from the stereotypical ‘ideal RDA horse or pony’ and help people to realise that whilst groups needs differ depending on their participants, all RDA horses and ponies need to be fit, healthy, sound, athletic and able to adapt to the lifestyle at an RDA group. Cracker is a fantastic example of this.

Helton Bracken VII is a registered Fell pony, known by the name of Cracker. He is 13.2hh, 20 years old and has over his lifetime has given hours of enjoyment to both able and disabled riders. He has been an RDA pony for over 10 years. He works with both riders and drivers, often pulling the wheelchair adapted carriage.  He is very reliable and versatile, enabling drivers in wheelchairs, to access the countryside.

A well known pony locally, many people know Cracker from either his current RDA role or as a pony club pony.  Having been there, done that and got many tee-shirts, Cracker makes an ideal pony for RDA.

During riding sessions he can often be found helping the smallest of riders learn the basics and provides therapy wearing his adapted sheepskin.  He is another pony who can adapt his way of going depending on his rider, often offering a new challenge to our more experienced riders.

As a driving pony, Cracker is very willing and when asked can motor between the shafts!  He enjoys driving round the tracks as well as working in the arena.

Cracker loves kisses and when in his stable is normally checking out what is going on around him. Being quiet on the ground means all the participants can work with him, grooming and handling.  He has a lovable nature and often a butter wouldn’t melt in his mouth outlook ….just after he has done something cheeky! Cracker is on loan to our group from the Canter family, to whom we are extremely grateful. He is a firm favourite with everybody and a worthy winner of the RDA Horse/Pony of the Year Award.



Page Last Updated: April 9, 2020