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

Welcome to HorseBack UK

HorseBack UK is a charity which has been created to provide a safe and secure environment to aid those serving, or those who have served in the UK armed forces.

What We Do

Our mission is to provide a safe and supportive environment to aid the recovery of servicemen and women who have suffered either physical or mental injuries as a result of their commitment to their country.

How You Can Help

If you would like to arrange a fundraising event in aid of HorseBack UK we would be delighted to hear from you. Just complete the fundraising form and return it to us and we will get back to you!

Corporate Programme

HorseBack UK has developed a parallel corporate programme focused on bringing together the business and military communities. By using the principles of both military life and horsemanship to teach leadership and team-building.

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  • Open Country – Horseback UK –

    Helen Mark is in Aboyne, Aberdeenshire to find out how horses and the natural landscape of Royal Deeside are helping wounded and serving military personnel. Listen Now: Click Here Set up by ex-marine Jock Hutchison and his wife Emma, Horseback UK is a charity aiming to provide a safe and secure environment for soldiers returning [...]

  • Royal Marine Veteran’s life-changing story is one of the highlights as conference considers ‘The Value of Horses’

    Opened by HRH The Princess Royal who underlined the many different ways in which horses are valued in today’s society – as sport competitors, as working horses which whole families rely on in impoverished communities overseas, as a much-loved family pet and even valued in the slaughter trade for whatever price they are worth [as [...]

  • School commemorates WW1 centenary

    Remembrance at the High School of Dundee took on extra significance as pupils and staff commemorated the centenary of the outbreak of WW1. Alongside the traditional Armistice Parade and Service, which saw guests including the Lord Provost Bob Duncan, local politicians and forces personnel gather as the school’s Combined Cadet Force paraded in front of [...]

  • Soldiers ride out trauma of war with Horseback UK

    Original article STV Aberdeen By Laura Smith on Wednesday 3 September 2014
 For the past five years, an Aberdeenshire charity has been helping ex-service personnel overcome psychological and emotional traumas of war through horsemanship. In 1999, former Royal Marine Jock Hutchison set up HorseBack UK to introduce injured servicemen and women to horse riding and [...]

  • Horses that help injured serviceman on show in Perth

    The valuable help equine charities give to returning servicemen can be seen at Perth racecourse tomorrow (30 July). The “Celebration of the Horse” raceday, will feature demonstrations by the charities Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) and HorseBackUK. During the day former racehorse, Peopleton Brook (pictured) will be on parade. The horse ran 93 times in his [...]

  • ‘Polly’ the Cob

    Polly the Cob, our rescue from World Horse Welfare, would have been in work this week. As it is, with the rescheduling of the course, she is enjoying an unexpected holiday. She is clearly enjoying the good Scottish sun on her back. She is so relaxed and contented now, it is hard to believe that [...]

  • Photo Essay Part 1 – The HorseBack herd at play

    As this week’s course has been rescheduled and we have unexpected time off, we thought we’d take a moment to give you a feast of equine pictures. Although the horses are enjoying their lazy days in the sun, this most uncharacteristic heat has its drawbacks. Some of the herd are afflicted by flies and must wear [...]

  • Photo Essay Part 2 – it’s a pleasure!

    One of the pleasures of doing a photo-essay of the HorseBack horses, as we did in the previous post, is that we can show their charm in its full glory. They are very hard workers, and very good at their jobs. Perhaps more importantly, they are an absolute delight to be around. Some of them are [...]

  • Blair Castle International Horse Trials 2014 links up with HorseBack UK

    The Blair Castle International Horse Trials official charity for 2014 will be HorseBack UK. The Aberdeenshire-based charity works with wounded veterans by introducing them to horses to help improve their rehabilitation, mobility and confidence. 2014 is the Centenary Year of World War One which will create even more awareness for this importance cause. HorseBack UK [...]