Staying active is important, but not always easy. Most people who ride at riding schools and equestrian centres don’t have access to their own horse, instead relying on stables that have been forced to close over lockdown, some for good. The overall interruption has been a significant barrier to activity, which has had a significant impact on people’s mental wellbeing.
The veteran community is made up of people who have served their country, living very active and social lives. On leaving the Forces, many are vulnerable to isolation and loneliness, which also takes its toll on their mental and physical health.
To target these individuals, Tedworth Equestrian, The Armed Forces Equine Charity, has created the ‘Virtual Equestrian Centre’, with the aim of widening access to physical activity in general and offering an alternative way to stay fit.
The ‘VEC’ offers pre-recorded and live sessions, always interactive and inclusive. While sessions are tailored to the demands of equestrianism, they are suitable for anyone who wants to get active. We cater to all abilities, meaning there’s something for every level of fitness, from complete beginner to experienced equestrian.
The platform is completely free thanks to generous funding from Wiltshire and Swindon Sport. There is a short registration process, simply to fulfil certain health and safety requirements.
To find out more, and sign up for the sessions, go to: tedworthequestrian.com/virtual-equestrian-centre