Equine-Assisted Therapy (Hippotherapy)

RDA Singapore is the only charity in Singapore that provides Equine-Assisted Therapy, also termed hippotherapy or horse riding therapy.

The range of disabilities that can benefit from hippotherapy include:
  • Physical disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Visual impairment, Hearing Impairment, CVA (Stroke)
  • Cognitive or Intellectual disabilities such as Down’s Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Horses provide a tool for physical therapy and cognitive improvement in a unique format that is fun and exhilarating. Mankind has also believed for centuries that horses might even have the power to change a person’s perspective on life. Besides the physical benefits derived from hippotherapy, the contact with the animal is a powerful experience, and the strong bond that can be formed often has a profound and uplifting effect on people who are troubled or suffering.

    We work with virtually all types of disabilities, both physical and learning disabilities, in children and adults. Beneficiaries experience an increase in self-confidence, improved circulation, respiration, balance, motor coordination and mobility. For someone who is unable to walk unaided, see or has difficulties communicating, riding a horse offers them a new sense of freedom and independence.

    The wheelchair-user, for example, walk tall on a horse and they can venture into the forest or jungle for a walk.
    A horse communicates with a non-verbal and withdrawn beneficiary in a way that only the beneficiary can understand. Beautiful friendships are made and, as many of the beneficiaries will attest to, the therapy sessions are fun!


    RDA Singapore launched an interactive non-riding based Equine Assisted Activities Program for persons with disabilities. This program will mostly be performed next to, not on top of, the horse - the sessions would include a number of beneficial equine activities such as observing, handling, grooming, groundwork, and structured challenging exercises focused on the beneficiary's needs and goals. This program is offered 100% free of charge 😊

    EIPIC Centers, SPED schools, Homes/Hostels, DACs, Charities and organisations working with persons with disabilities that are interested to join/find out more about this Equine Assisted Activities Program, please contact us: mail@rdasingapore.org.sg

    How To Register

    Wait List: up to 6-9 months on average.
    Please note that we have more new applicants than available slots.
    If you or your child/ward:
  • Is aged 5 or older
  • Weight must be below 60kg
  • Has a Developmental Disability, Sensory Disability and/or Physical Disability

  • Please complete a registration form.