Staff and students at the high dependency unit at Stratford High School say they really appreciate the service provided by the local branch of the Riding for the Disabled (RDA) group.
As one of the biggest users of the centre, the unit has decided to try to raise some funds for the RDA and has been selling laminated pictures, or placemats, for $3 to friends and family.
Each place mat is a piece of artwork, along with some words describing students' RDA experience.
LEADING THE WAY
Members of the Central Taranaki Riding for the Disabled, including two horses, hit Stratford streets to raise the profile of the non-profit group.
President Sarah Collier says they are attempting to raise funds and to raise awareness of their need for volunteers.
"We are in search of people who don't necessarily have experience with horses but are great with kids."
She adds that the more people are able to offer time to the cause will mean longer lessons for the children, as well as the opportunity to groom and lead the horses back to the stables.
"Our riding classes are only half an hour on Thursdays, but we're hoping to have it on Fridays as well and bring the sessions up to 45 minutes."
Money raised during their awareness campaign will be used to purchase more horses as they retire some of their older ones.
"We have been donated horses in the past but we can't rely on that alone."
Riding for the Disabled allows children with disabilities to improve their balance and co-ordination as well as teaches them respect for animals.
For more information or to donate contact Sarah Collier on 06 764 7418 or firstname.lastname@example.org