Riding for the Disabled charity hit by theft at Wareham stables

RDA carriage riding Image copyright RDA
Image caption RDA provides carriage riding for up to 60 people a week from its Holton Lee centre

A Dorset charity providing carriage rides for people with disabilities has said it will struggle to operate after a theft of specialist equipment.

Harnesses and saddles worth more than £4,000 were stolen from Riding for the Disabled's (RDA) stables near Wareham.

Police said thieves broke into the premises on the Holton Lee estate late on Saturday or early on Sunday morning.

RDA member Nick Dardani said volunteers had been left "deeply shocked" by the theft.

"We face a real struggle - we're stuck, we can't operate without this equipment," he said.

Image copyright RDA
Image caption The charity had been planning to expand its carriage riding services for disabled people

Mr Dardani said the charity, which helps up to 60 people a week, would also face the cost of installing new security equipment at the stables.

He said he feared the specially modified equipment, including quick-release harnesses, would be sold on.

Dorset Police has appealed for information.

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