I lived with my nan and I didn’t do any counselling at all because I thought it was weak. Then I was referred to Ride High. I knew someone that had been to Ride High and it really did change his life, so I thought I’d give it a go, hoping it would help make me happy too. I was dreading my first session, and when I first started I never thought I’d get on with everyone in my group because we were all so different, but then quite quickly we became friendly.
A second home
The horses are my favourite thing but if we didn’t have everything that comes with Ride High then it wouldn’t be life changing like this. In the clubroom we all lift each other’s spirits and then when we go home everyone feels better. Even though it sounds really cringy, Ride High really is a place where you make life-long friends. I now keep in touch with my Ride High friends outside of the charity.
Everything here’s good so it changes your mood and your mindset and all of the staff are really positive and the feedback they give us really boosts us up and helps us feel like we can change things.
Achieving my goals
I have slowly but gradually seen my confidence and my positivity rise. I wouldn’t have been able to sit here and tell you all these things before Ride High. I can even set myself goals without being scared I’m going to fail. I’ve set myself riding challenges and I’ve met them so now I know I can do that in other parts of my life too.
Best bit about Ride High
One of the best things about Ride High for me was the residential trip to the Fortune Centre for Riding Therapy. This helped so much because it built my confidence in riding as well as lots of other things.
I was so nervous about the trip that I sat in my nans car for half an hour before I was brave enough to get out and join the others on the Ride High minibus. I didn’t need to feel like that because it was really enjoyable. I’d only been riding for four months so I couldn’t canter and I was pretty terrified, but the staff gave me kind compliments and suddenly I found myself cantering! I have so many great stories to tell people from that trip!
I feel so lucky
I will miss Ride High so much but I’m ready to leave now. I’ve gone from feeling awkward and not knowing how to approach people to someone with lots of friends and lots of positivity. I’m even going to do some work experience this summer – all arranged by Ride High! I’m so grateful for everything Ride High has done for me and now I want someone else to benefit from the same life changing experience that I have been lucky enough to have. I also plan to help Ride High in the future – maybe I’ll become a volunteer when I’m old enough.
How you can help
Ride High wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the volunteers and staff. Please read more about volunteering at Ride High.