The success of the first five years of courses for military personnel has allowed HorseBack UK to extend its remit and is now able to focus on the wider community. The Charity acknowledges that recovering from any life changing experience, whether as a result of substance misuse, physical or mental illness or emotional trauma, takes time, understanding and a healing environment. Just as with our military participants, everyone needs a sense of mission in their lives and the resulting feeling of achievement, self-worth and empowerment. An important part of extending our programme to the wider community is to empower the veterans to assist in the process.
Our community programme follows exactly the same process as the military three phase course but can be adapted from three weekly residential stays to a one day a week course over three months. Although based on our farm and using horses, the course sits within a personal development and employability remit. We at HorseBack have been working with City and Guilds to achieve accreditation for our courses as well as integrating the prestigious John Muir Award. On completion our attendees have an opportunity to stay on at HorseBack UK and work/study for an SVQ in Horse Care.
Our Environment & Approach
From the very beginning, the environment we offer is one of safety, warmth, acceptance and motivation. We encourage attendees to develop self-awareness, compassion and personal responsibility. Through their experience and our mindfulness approach, we hope they will recognise and develop coping strategies which will help build their resistance to the possibility of future depression, anxiety, anger or substance misuse. Over the years at HorseBack we have witnessed life-changing shifts in self-sabotaging behaviour allowing attendees to improve relationships and develop a constructive and healthy life style.