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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The Cairn O’Mount Challenge was the brainchild of our indefatigable fund-raising guru, Ian Wren. Ian spends his every waking moment working out how to raise funds for HorseBack. This particular scheme is a brilliant one, not only because the people who take part raise amazing amounts of money for our veterans, but because it’s something that gets people really involved. It’s not just writing a cheque. It requires a vast amount of training and work and dedication. Those who ride that road have to go through the pain barrier.

Some of them have connections with the services, some are simply inspired by the veterans who come to HorseBack on their path to recovery. We thank Ian, as always, for his incredible industry, and we thank all the volunteers who make the day possible, and we thank the bold riders who give us their time and their effort every year.

And the great news is that we’ve just had word that they have all reached their destination safe and sound. We hope that drinks are being taken.

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The Cairn O’Mount Challenge is called a challenge not just because it is over fifty miles long. Between HorseBack and the finish line is the Cairn O’Mount itself, where the road soars up into the sky, switching and twisting and turning. There are places where you have to put a car into low gear, so you may imagine what it’s like for a cyclist. It’s tough going and we salute all these tough riders.

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The annual Cairn O’Mount Challenge is one of the great days in the HorseBack calendar. Squads of cyclists pour into the place, smiling, laughing, joshing, as they prepare to set out on the gruelling 54 miles from Deeside to Arbroath to raise money for the work we do here.

For an hour, under the gleaming Scottish sun, the whole place is like a festival, much to the delight of the watching horses.

And then they all put their serious faces on and set off on their great ride as we wave them off. They carry our very best wishes and our most sincere thanks.

(We are putting up a lot of pictures today, partly because we want you to get the atmosphere of resolution, camaraderie and teamwork that filled the place, and partly because we wanted to snap as many of the individual riders as possible, in case they want to download or share or tag the photographs to mark their grand achievement. We'll roll the photos out in batches, so keep your eye out for the next episode.)

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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

    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!

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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 […]

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    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 […]

  • A great HorseBack course.

    At HorseBack, we are constantly evaluating what we do and how we do it. One of the most satisfying innovations has been expanding our courses from one week to three weeks. The phases are staggered, so that the participants return to HorseBack over several months to complete the course. We hoped that this might take […]

  • The HorseBack Youth Initiative.

    The HorseBack Youth Initiative is one of the programmes we are most proud of. It started off as a bit of a pipe dream, a lone pilot programme inspired by and developed with Mr Colin Nicholl of Banchory Academy. It has developed into an integral part of HorseBack and now steams on under its own […]