Paddock Pals is an APRDA initiative which aims to get more kids active and having fun with horses. It’s designed to give young people more opportunity to have fun with horses whether it’s at school or at a riding club. Through fun games and activities young people are given the chance to learn basic horse knowledge, skills and safety. Lessons include games and mounted activities which promote physical activity and basic horse education, all aimed at giving young people a taste of the horse world. Paddock Pals aims to make horse sports more accessible to young people.
Paddock Pals is an integrated program for all participants and has been designed for beginners of a primary school age to be introduced to horsemanship and riding skills. There are four levels in which students work through to achieve specific outcomes before progressing to the next stage. Paddock Pals is based on individual goal setting working with the coach in the following areas – General Knowledge, Horse Welfare, Riding Skills, and Practical Tasks. We also have helmets and boots available for riders to use.