Disabled Rider and her soul horse raise funds for The RDA through an inclusive children’s story
A first- time author and life-long horse lover is spreading joy and positivity during Lockdown with her inclusive children’s story about her beloved Fjord Horse Odin. Having supported Jade, Odin’s legacy continues to do good with every copy making a donation to the Riding for The Disabled Association.
Jade decided to raise funds for The Riding for the Disabled Association to give back to the RDA having received support to begin a new chapter with her cob Rosie. ‘
Jade’s new book ‘Horses Can Roll but They Can’t Roller Skate’ tells the story of Molly, a little girl challenged by physical disability, who yearns to roller skate with her peers. Molly, meets Odin, a cheeky Fjord Horse who longs to fit in with the rest of the herd and dreams of taking part in Pony Club games. Together on their journey, they find fun, friendship and self-acceptance.
‘I really hope my story will spread a little joy and create a positive attitude towards perceived limitations and help create ‘can do’ attitude in children facing all sorts of challenges as well as helping the RDA’.
I have always had a great love of horses; but riding has always been challenging due to balance, pain and muscle weakness. Having struggled to find the right horse who was understanding of my needs, I was lucky enough to find Odin. We were together until he was 35 years old. I wrote our inclusive story during that time and set it aside, questioning who was I to write a book?’. Fast forward to Lockdown, and Jade decided to create a positivity for herself and others, with Lockdown giving her the opportunity to create the book and develop her website which will also offer resources for little readers in the future, such as colouring sheets and word games and positivity worksheets. Jade wants Odin’s story to be accessible to all no matter what their circumstance therefore it will soon be available as an audio book. It is also Braille compatible.
Jade has also collaborated with Crafty Ponies Odin’s friend soft toy friend complete with mini Horse Power rugs with the story’s logo accompany the book and are donating the RDA.
She added: “During lockdown, I also wanted to find out about other inspiring equestrians and small businesses, so I developed my ‘Off The Lead’ podcast and have been fortunate enough to chat to fellow equestrians, from stunt riders to Paralympians.
Jade’s book and gifts are available via her website www.jadeleahy.co.uk