'Since starting at RDA on Jet I have noticed a significant improvement in the strength of several muscles including my core muscles and arm strength. As I have a connective tissue condition it's vital to try to keep muscles working and strong to hold together the joints that are already prone to subluxations and dislocations. I have noticed huge improvements in strength in many areas and my hips feel far more stable and are dislocated and subluxating less frequently.
When I began I needed help getting into and out of the saddle even with the mounting block steps - I wasn't able to even get my leg as high as the saddle getting off and needed it guiding up and over the saddle to get down. This week I mounted with the steps and dismounted onto the block (but without my extra steps) without assistance. This is a huge confidence boost for me, as my overall goal is to be able to get onto a real horse at some point, something that was impossible this time last year and is now within reach.
Jet has been a fundamental part of my physical rehabilitation and my friends and family all know about him! My partner has noticed a big improvement in my emotional and mental health (an unexpected bonus) also as it feels like I'm progressing with my dressage without the risks of injury.
I cannot speak highly enough of this as a way of recovering from injuries and improving balance, coordination and muscle use for people with temporary and permanent disabilities. I would never have thought a machine could do all this, as well as being able to teach me how to perform advanced dressage movements! The RDA team has been wonderful and Di has really helped push me on, even on days where I was disheartened with my body - she is a wonderful instructor who doesn't see disability as something to hold us back!'