A disabled rider from Dorset is raising funds for the Riding for the Disabled Association through the sales from her first children’s book, Horses can Roll but they can’t Roller Skate – a tale about her golden horse with a golden heart.
First-time author Jade Leahy is spreading joy and raising always been challenging due to balance, pain and muscle weakness,” said Jade. “Having struggled to find the right horse who was understanding of my needs, I was lucky enough to find Odin. We were together for 16 years and I wrote our inclusive story during that time and set it aside, questioning: who was I to write a book?”
Odin was Jade’s soul horse and her love for him lives on as she is giving 10 per cent of the profits from every copy sold to The Riding for The Disabled Association to give something back after receiving support from Dorset RDA instructor Sarah Lloyd Harris, who helped her 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 they find fun, friendship and self-acceptance.
Jade said: “I really hope my story will spread a little joy and create a positive attitude towards perceived limitations and a ‘can do’ attitude in children facing all sorts of challenges, as well as helping the RDA.”
Soft toy ponies and rugs featuring the logo for the book are also available via Jade’s website and are also raising funds for the RDA. Jade is also developing activity sheets to accompany the book.
She added: “During lockdown, I also wanted to find out about other inspiring equestrians and small businesses, so I developed my ‘Off The Lead Rein’ podcast and have been fortunate enough to chat to fellow equestrians, from stunt riders to Paralympians.”
You can follow Jade’s journey via and purchase a copy of the book via website jadeleahy.co.uk or Amazon. Instagram @jadeleahy_ book @adventures_molly_Odin.
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