Lots of fun horsing around at Kurnell Boarding and Riding Stables with Vision Australia

A horse ride was the highlight of the day for a group of children at Kurnell Boarding Stables and Riding School this week.

Kids between the ages of five to 10 who have varying levels of vision loss, had the opportunity to ride a horse with the help of a guide, and learn more about the equine industry.

It was for a school holiday program organised by Vision Australia.

Vision Australia occupational therapist Jarvis Chan says the activity is important for development.

“For young people who are blind or have low vision, there can be additional barriers to them participating in the same sorts of activities that their sighted peers might take for granted,” he said.

“It’s a great way for our clients to experience things in supportive environment and it also provides an important opportunity for them to build confidence with new activities, meet other kids who experience low vision and blindness, and strengthen their social, communication and other important skills.”

“Days like this let us show the wider community that people who are blind or have low vision often have the same interests and enjoy the same activities as sighted people.”