Keeping Active

Winter has certainly dragged on this year, but we are not letting it get us down at Ravelrig.  We had a visit at the end of March from the Multiple Sclerosis Society, who are running a project called MSS Active Together to help build motivation and confidence for those affected by MS to get more physically active.

There were six riders who joined us, with Thumper and Teemo helping show them the ropes.  Some of them had never ridden before, so it was lovely to see smiles and laughter from everyone involved.

Tracey from the MS Society said “The session could not have been any better, we were very thankful and appreciative of the support received from your marvellous team of volunteers”

We hope to welcome the six to regular lessons here at Ravelrig.

Annual Health Check

Tess from Dick Vets arrived at Ravelrig yesterday to give each of our horses their annual health check.  Tess had a good look at each of the horses in their stable to begin with, checking their eyes, heart and bones.

After Tess had given them a good look at in the stable, each of them were led out by Barbara and walked up and down the yard.  From doing this Tess was able to have a good look at each of them and how they walked to make sure they were not lame or looked like they were holding themselves differently.

Then, much to Barbara’s delight they each had to trot, so Barbara must have run at least a mile yesterday with all of the horses.

Each of the horses were given a clean bill of health and Tess was really pleased with them.

Thank you Tess!



It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Toby has passed away, suddenly, but peacefully during the night.  He was in the field, surrounded by all his pony friends at Ravelrig RDA.

We understand you will find this very sad and we will share more information with you once we have spoken to the vet.

Rest in Peace Toby, you will be missed by everyone.


Further News on the sad death of Toby.

We have received the post mortem results for Toby and they revealed he died of acute peritinitus.

This has been described as a freak situation and it was not preventable. The vet said his death would have been very quick. The rest of the herd are fit and healthy but a bit subdued which is normal after the loss of a herd member.

Toby was a wonderful, trustworthy and calm member of the Ravelrig RDA team. We can all picture him usually a bit muddy or having a snooze. Here he is, looking very handsome, in a display before HRH Princess Anne – doesn’t he look smart?

Thank you to the transport company, Dick Vet and volunteers who have helped Ravelrig RDA at this time.




Christmas Gift Ideas

Are you like me and run out of gift ideas or have those family members or friends that are just so difficult to buy for?  You’ve bought them hankies, socks, jumpers and toiletries for the last few years and need a bit of inspiration?

Well, we are here to help and we have the most unique presents to suggest.  All your present buying woes will be taken care of and you will be helping a wonderful charity at the same time.  Is this possible I hear you ask, well yes it is.

Why not ADOPT one of Ravelrig’s wonderful horses?  For just £30 your friend will receive a Welcome Pack, Birthday & Christmas card and a pony ride.  I know it’s really only £30!

Click here for more information and give us a shout if you have any questions.

Beach Ride

About to head down on to the beach


Sparkling Time!

Thank you to everyone who helped with our Christmas Open Day preparations and those who helped on the day, without you all we couldn’t have done it, so thank you!!

Thank you also to those who came along on the day, we had a great time and we hope you did too.

Santa rode in with his elves on horseback after having a tour of Balerno.  Settling in to his cosy grotto he managed to meet all the children and make sure he had a note of exactly what they wanted for Christmas, so he wouldn’t forget!

With the wonderfully tasty homebaking, warming homemade soup and hot dogs no one went hungry.  Craft and game stalls, live music, our Tombolas and raffle went really well and not forgetting our pony rides.  There was lots of fun for everyone.

With your help and support we raised over £1,500 for Ravelrig, so a huge big sparkling Thank you from us all!

Here’s some photos from the day.

Fun at the stables

Last week Ravelrig was lucky enough to have a visit from Friends of the Award FOTA, who had a great time grooming, walking and meeting all our horses.  They also met Kerry Filsell who is the Ambassador for the St James’ Place Foundation and was visiting the stables at the same time.  Kerry kindly handed out rosettes to the participants who were really chuffed to have taken part in the day outing.

Thank you to everyone who came along.



The Big Ride

A few weeks ago some riders, volunteers and horses headed out from Ravelrig RDA to Shiresmill Therapy Riding Centre in Fife to take part in the RDA Big Ride.   The Big Ride involves Sam Orde, who is RDA’s Chairperson travelling to all 18 RDA’s regions and taking part in a ride or carriage drives to raise money for the Riding for the Disabled National Training Centre in Warwickshire.

Everyone who went from Ravelrig had a great day out and Millie even had her log book signed by Sam herself!

So a big thank you to Shiresmill for hosting it and welcoming us along on what turned out to be a great day out.


A walk in the Pentlands

Our horses and riders enjoy the lessons in the arena but it’s always nice for them to get out and enjoy the beautiful area around Balerno we are so lucky to have.

Ravelrig is based at the foot of the Pentland Hills so what better way to explore, but on horseback.  Friday night a group of riders and volunteers from the stables went out to Harlaw and Threipmuir reservoirs and had a great time soaking up the sun and looking what wildlife and farm animals they could spot.

Thank you to everyone who took part and the helpers who made it possible.

Fun in the sun

On Saturday we packed up some of the horses, a couple of BBQs and lots of lovely helpers and went down to Yellowcraigs for an exciting day out.

The sun came out and it was lovely for the riders and volunteers from different riding lessons to meet each other and make new friends.  The horses all had a good time and enjoyed the change of scenery.

Thank you to everyone who came along to ride and support us.