Bridge damage strands RDA horses

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Pony pals . . . Timaru Riding for the Disabled Association instructor Hazel Marshall (right) and visiting volunteer Emma Truc say hello to pony Kody on Friday morning. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

A broken bridge at the Timaru Riding for the Disabled Association grounds has stranded the organisation’s horses.

The bridge, which shifted off its piles after the heavy rainfall on July 21 flooded the creek, would be out of action until a full assessment was done, instructor Hazel Marshall said.

The unusable bridge was not a big issue at the moment as the association’s regular lessons were not being held due to wet ground at the Landsborough Rd site, but once volunteers had to move the horses back to the other side of the bridge, they would need to walk the horses down the road instead, she said.

Flood damage . . . The bridge at the Timaru Riding for the Disabled Assocation grounds was damaged in the recent flooding. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

There was also plenty of debris in and around the creek when The Courier visited on Friday morning, although volunteers had cleared a lot away.

The RDA’s grounds were still too wet to ride on, but were “starting to dry out”, Ms Marshall said.

Once the land could be ridden on, the RDA would get back to its regular schedule of hosting therapeutic riding lessons for Timaru residents with disabilities.

For more information on the Timaru Riding for the Disabled Association, visit www.rda.org.nz/RDAgroups/Timaru.htm.