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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Friday night sorted for just £5.00 per ticket! 🍾✨🎈A fashion show, a glass of Prosecco and all in aid of Horseback UK! M&Co in Arbroath are organising a fashion show on Friday October the 27th to raise funds for HorseBack UK. Tickets are only £5 and you receive a glass of Prosecco on arrival. Please contact Ian Wren if you'd like to buy a ticket - we need to sell 10 more tickets ASAP to make the event. ...

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Nothing like a bit of a rock and roll drill to end the week. (The excellent soundtrack on this video was provided by our Operations Manager, Jason Hare, whose taste is impeccable.) However, despite all the jokes we were truly impressed with this week's crew. They arrived on Monday hardly knowing one end of a horse from the other, and finished with a display that deserved a medal.

We hope they go away with an enormous sense of achievement and pride in their work. ...

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It's been a really terrific week, with our Phase One group hitting the ground running. Some of these veterans had never been up close with a horse before, let alone ridden one, but by the end of the week they were doing a drill that was a joy to behold.

We always say that we don't teach riding here at HorseBack. These courses are not about correct position or precisely what to do with your hands. We start with the very basics and encourage the veterans to build a partnership with their horses. They remember what it was like to be part of a team - with these good equines and with the other veterans on the course.

A lot of veterans suffer from a sense of isolation when they leave the services, and this is exacerbated by the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Here, they get to feel that they belong again, and that is a huge part of what puts a smile back on their faces.

Great work, everyone. We salute you. ...

It's been a really terrific week, with our Phase One group hitting the ground running. Some of these veterans had never been up close with a horse before, let alone ridden one, but by the end of the week they were doing a drill that was a joy to behold.

We always say that we don't teach riding here at HorseBack. These courses are not about correct position or precisely what to do with your hands. We start with the very basics and encourage the veterans to build a partnership with their horses. They remember what it was like to be part of a team - with these good equines and with the other veterans on the course.

A lot of veterans suffer from a sense of isolation when they leave the services, and this is exacerbated by the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Here, they get to feel that they belong again, and that is a huge part of what puts a smile back on their faces.

Great work, everyone. We salute you.

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  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]