Linda was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2003, but looking back she feels that various symptoms became evident as far back as 1992, after her third child was born.
Born on Islay and from a farming background, Linda Smith has a lifelong love of farming, nature and animals – particularly horses.
Linda has a daily struggle with the randomness of MS, from waking up and being unable to move due to pain and spasms, to clunky cognitive function. MS can leave her feeling useless and stupid and it is a massive effort to follow and contribute to conversations. Linda was encouraged to attend RDA by her physiotherapist to help with balance and core stability and by her neurologist to help her reconnect with previous knowledge.
In Linda's own words
"I really appreciate what RDA offers, a safe supportive learning environment. The sense of freedom and achievement gained is incredible! The therapeutic environment created by RDA Instructors and Volunteers frees you from a negative mindset to discover a ‘can do’ positive one.”
Linda has gone on to achieve a 1st and 2nd place at the 2017 Regional Dressage Qualifiers .
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