Horses and RDA

In this section of the website you will find useful resources, forms and information that you will need to keep the most important volunteers in the organisation fit and well, the RDA horses and ponies.

Please follow the pages through to find the any policies, support/guidance or welfare information you are looking for.

For more support please contact Emma at the RDA National Office.


Max. weight calculator

In line with our Weight Chart Guidelines , we have a max. weight calculator to help our RDA Groups work out the maximum weight a horse could carry (including tack and before taking into consideration, the conformation, age and fitness of the horse)

To access the calculator, please click here

Please note: this will appear as a Microsoft Excel download.


Min & Max. age of RDA Horses and Ponies

The minimum age for a horse to be used in RDA is 5 years old. There is no maximum age however, consideration on the horses fitness, condition and age should be taken into consideration when assessing and reassessing the maximum carrying weight of each pony.


Long Service Award

Our horses and ponies are our most important volunteers and without them, RDA wouldn’t exist! After so many years of service, our “human” volunteers receive a service award for the time they have given to the charity. Well our horses and ponies get exactly the same treatment. We have a long service award for our horses and ponies. The beauty about this award though is there is no minimum years of service requirement, so it is up to your group to decide when to present your award! To order a Long Service Award for your groups horse/s, please click here and you’ll find the award via the Group Order form.


RDA Horse of the Year 2018 – Congratulations to ‘Lambrusco’, Helen Burt & Di Redfern of South Bucks RDA!

Lambrusco is everything RDA Groups look for in a horse! An athletic all rounder who is good for those who are looking for a therapy walk session & also fantastic for those who are looking for a full dressage lesson. Versatile horses like last years winner Pip and this years winner, Lambrusco are like Gold dust in RDA!

5 Freedoms 

The Animal Welfare Act 2007 lists the Five Freedoms – your responsibilities when caring for a pet:

  1. Freedom from hunger and thirst by providing fresh water and the right amount of food to keep your pet fit.
  2. Freedom from discomfort by making sure that your pet has the right kind of environment including shelter and somewhere comfortable to rest.
  3. Freedom from pain, injury and disease by preventing your pet from getting ill and by making sure that pets are diagnosed and treated rapidly should they fall ill or suffer an accident.
  4. Freedom to behave normally by making sure that your pet has enough space and proper facilities.
  5. Freedom from fear and distress by making sure their conditions and treatment avoid mental suffering.

Free Vaccination Scheme

With thanks to some equine pharmaceutical companies, RDA is able to offer our member groups the opportunity to vaccinate their RDA horses/ponies, free of charge.

Please click here for more information.



Page Last Updated: February 14, 2019