Welcome to HorseBack UK

HorseBack UK uses horsemanship to inspire recovery, regain self-esteem and provide a sense of purpose and community to the wounded, injured and sick of the military community




We endeavour to integrate serving personnel and veterans into the rural community inspiring a meaningful and rewarding future

HorseBack UK

There is something about the outside of a horse that it is good for the inside of a man

Winston Churchill

No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying

Tony Robbins

An introduction to HorseBack UK

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Before the work started this morning, the course participants took time to have some fun. We brought in our two youngest HorseBack foals, Bodie and River, to have their first real experience of the indoor arena. They had River's mum and herd father figure Harry to reassure them and show them the ropes, and you can see what a blast they had. It was hard to know who had a better time - horses or humans.

All being well, these young fillies will grow up to do an important job at HorseBack. Their early years are crucial in order for them to develop the confidence and mental balance to deal with the demands that this kind of work will make of them. Letting them explore many different environments and obstacles at liberty is a terrific way of introducing them easily and gently to the many challenges they will meet as their training progresses. And it is a joy to watch. ...

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The amazing We Remember Them campaign is launching a new initiative. To mark the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War, this brilliant organisation is running all kinds of events to raise funds for the British Legion and HorseBack UK and this swimming relay is their latest. You can invent your own personal challenge, or you can join in organised team efforts. If you go to their website, you will find all the information.

We are so grateful to We Remember Them, and in awe of their dedication and hard work. ...

Excited to announce we'll soon be launching a National 100x100m swim relay challenge! 100 swimmers each swimming 100m as a relay team. Lots of interest in this from swim clubs, more news soon...

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The new course is full steam ahead and our Racing Welfare group was absolutely mighty today. There was a lot of happiness at HorseBack this afternoon and a singing sense of achievement. 😊❤️🐎 ...

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  • Exciting New Developments at HorseBack UK

    These are exciting times at HorseBack UK. We are on the way to become an accredited centre for the Scottish Qualifications Authority. What this means is that we will be able to offer our veterans an official qualification, one that is internationally recognised. This is more than a piece of paper. The team from Creo […]

  • Scottish veterans’ charity at the heart of an extraordinary national year-long campaign to mark the First World War centenary

    Horseback UK, a Scottish charity that uses horsemanship to inspire recovery, regain self-esteem and provide a sense of purpose and community to the wounded injured and sick of the military community is at the centre of a national year-long fundraising campaign “We Remember Them”. The name of the campaign is inspired by the Laurence Binyon […]

  • Repsol Sinopec Resources UK announces Charities of the Year and pledges its support

    We are thrilled to announce that HorseBack UK has become a Charity of the Year with Repsol Sinopec Resources UK. The company announced that throughout 2017 it will be supporting Horseback UK, Alzheimer Scotland and the Forget-Me-Not Club, and has committed to matching funds raised by its staff up to a grand total of £25,000. […]

  • A newborn filly with royal connections

    We are delighted to announce that our mare, Chexys Gold, gave birth to a filly on the 8th  of May 2017. What is even more exciting is that the healthy newborn is the daughter of Balmoral Hercules who is one of the Queen’s horses. Chexy, an American Quarter Horse competed in the discipline of reining […]

  • HorseHour Podcast Interview

    Last month, Jock was invited to record a HorseHour Podcast interview with Amy Stevens, the host of the number 1 equestrian podcast. We were properly excited about the opportunity; none of us has given a podcast interview before and especially to one with so many listeners worldwide! Unfortunately, just a few days before the interview […]

  • Join our “1 of 10,000” Campaign!

    Help us raise funds towards a horsebox for HorseBack UK Our year is off to a hoofing (fantastic) start – we won the Soldiering On Award and Help for Heroes awarded us with a grant that will help us put a LOT more Veterans through our three-week programme. But here’s the deal: we still have […]

  • HorseBack UK wins national Soldiering On Award in the Animal Partnership category

    A pioneering Aberdeenshire charity has won the prestigious Soldiering On Award in the Animal Partnership category for helping members of the UK armed forces recover from mental and physical injuries through horsemanship and outdoor activities. The Soldiering On Awards provide national recognition for the outstanding achievements of those who have served their country and individuals […]

  • Another Christmas Testimonial

    Our next Christmas testimonial. (It’s starting to feel as if we should put in a partridge in a pear tree at this point.) The really lovely thing about gathering these all together is the cumulative power of them. They show, more vividly than any of our words ever could, the power of hope and the possibility […]

  • A Tremendous Partnership.

    One of the great things about the last year at HorseBack is that we have been extending our reach beyond the veteran community. Our wounded veterans will always be at the heart of everything we do. They were the inspiration behind the charity and remain its guiding force. But it’s been really exciting to see […]

  • The elements of HorseBack.

    This week sees the end of another dazzling course. We feel that we have been breaking out every positive adjective in the book lately, but each group this year seems to have got better and better. It’s not just that the new three week structure for the courses has enabled our veterans to hone and […]

  • We take having fun seriously

    If you had walked through the HorseBack gates this week, you would have seen men on horses, slouching in their Western saddles like something out of The Magnificent Seven, laughing their heads off. You would have heard the sound of banter and unrepeatable jokes. You would have seen serious drills and hilarious horsing games. That […]

  • New partnerships and old friends.

    It’s been a great week at HorseBack. We had some very special visitors, who will be part of some mighty plans for the future. It’s always a great pleasure, building new partnerships, expanding our scope, and working with people who have so much knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise. Jay Hare did a presentation, Jock and Emma […]

  • The HorseBack challenge.

    The horses at HorseBack are not dozy old riding school ponies. They are serious horses. Although they are rigorously schooled and comprehensively educated for this work, there is nothing push-button about them. They are all individual characters, and they sometimes have their moments. One of them had such a moment this morning. He did not […]

  • The gift of time.

    One of the best innovations at HorseBack over the last year has been extending the courses from one week to three. The weeks are staggered, so that, for instance, this group now doing their Phase Two will come back in September for their Phase Three. This has achieved several things. First of all there is […]

  • The art of the possible.

    At HorseBack, we are always looking to try something new. We constantly want to widen our horizons, expand our scope, and generally keep ourselves on our toes. Sometimes, we get lucky and the stars align and a novel opportunity is presented to us. This happened recently when we met Nick, whom you can see in […]

  • A warrior goes to the games.

    One of our regular volunteer veterans sends us a message. He is just off to the Warrior Games, held this year at West Point in America. ‘I’m doing cycling, shot and discus,’ he writes. This is from a gentleman whose crashing Post-Traumatic Stress once produced in him so much rage and denial that he felt […]

  • The archers.

    This week, we decided to do something a little different at HorseBack UK. We were very lucky to have with us Dan and Claire Sawyer from the British Horseback Archery Association. They have been great friends and supporters of our work, and now they arrived to run a course in archery. The assembled group included […]

  • All they want to do is talk about the horses.

    The HorseBack horses do many, many things for the humans who work with them. It’s much more than simply getting on and riding. This week, we had a group of veterans starting their Phase One of a new course. Many of them had never encountered horses before; some had ridden, but not in the Western […]

  • The Youth Initiative makes us proud.

    Our Youth Initiative course came back to HorseBack this week. It has been one of our great success stories, and we are very proud of all the young people who have made such great strides. The difference we see in our students is immense. Many of them arrive with little confidence and not much enthusiasm. […]

  • The new course gets off to a flying start.

    Sometimes, the stars align and a new course simply takes off. Everything falls into place. This week, that happened. We had a Phase One with an entirely new group of veterans. Most of them had never sat on a horse before, and they did not really know what to expect. By this morning, they were […]