Blind, Deaf Rider Invents Device to Help Him Navigate on Horseback

Blind, Deaf Rider Invents Device to Help Him Navigate on Horseback

Now he’s winning in horse shows.

A blind and deaf rider in the UK, who also has Asperger’s syndrome, has helped develop a device that allows him to ride more independently, Horse & Hound reports.

Richard Brumby played a fundamental role in developing a device that vibrates to tell him to turn, ride forward or stop, and is controlled by Doug Smith, his Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) coach.

The device was developed at Imperial College London with Richard and Doug’s help, and they hope the technology can be advanced to allow other RDA groups to be able to use the device.

Richard was born profoundly deaf and has been blind since the age of 18. He is now 35 and relies on support to communicate.

 “Since Richard came to Stafford RDA, he has shown tremendous courage and trust in the horses he has ridden and the volunteers who support him,” Doug told Horse & Hound. “He has been instrumental in the development of the communication device we use.”

Richard recently won two first place ribbons at local competitions.

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