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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Our dauntless fund-raising manager, Ian Wren, is just back from a reunion with his old regiment, 16 Air Defence Regiment Royal Artillery. As well as having a good old catch-up, the comrades held an auction which raised over a thousand pounds for our work at HorseBack. We are so grateful and so impressed by such an act of generosity. Our courses are now in full swing and many veterans will come through the HorseBack gates over the next few months on their road to recovery. Donations like this one make such a difference to the help we can give them. We thank everyone who contributed. As Ian says, they are a real band of brothers.

Sadly, there is no photograph to show you of the grand reunion. Instead, we've found the perfect shot to demonstrate how we feel when we get news like this. It is of a visiting veteran dancing with a member of the HorseBack team. That was a very happy day. Here's to many more.

#veterans #recovery #generosity #thankyou ...

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A meeting of the Titans!!! Shetland Pony Jack and Miniature Horse Patrick. Not sure who is more annoying ...

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A very special Scottish visitor has gone to London to see the Queen. ...


The famous mascot of The Royal Regiment of Scotland has arrived at Hyde Park Barracks to get acquainted with London life.

Cruachan IV, who is a nine hands high Shetland Pony, is set to lead out the Fifth Battalion of Royal Regiment of Scotland at Buckingham Palace on The Queen's Guard later this month.

For now the feisty equine is making friends with his The Household Cavalry contemporaries.

The nine-year-old has taken up a stable next to Adamas, a 17.1 hands high drum horse, and they have struck up a friendly relationship.

Pony Major Mark Wilkinson, of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, said: "Cruachan and Adamas have been good together. The big guy keeps looking over to see what's going on but they're getting on well."

The soldier added: "It's an honour and a privilege to come down for Queen's Guard.

"Cruachan IV is an old sweat on parades - he's done five Edinburgh Tattoos, Royal Visits at Balmoral and the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

"But he's never been to Buckingham Palace to parade for The Queen, so he will be on his best behaviour and will represent the Army well."

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    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

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  • 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 […]

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

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  • A Tremendous Partnership.

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  • The elements of HorseBack.

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  • We take having fun seriously

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  • The art of the possible.

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  • 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.

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