This is a very exciting time of year at HorseBack UK. At last, we glimpse the final furlong of the stormy winter season, and start thinking about the spring to come.
Our courses are filling up fast, and we hope that this year we shall hav...e more participants than ever before. We shall continue to put up the eligibility criteria at regular intervals. We shall also post precise dates in the coming days. The courses run from April to October, although as our spanking new indoor school shall soon be finished, we hope to be able to run some more over the autumn and winter. This will be confirmed as soon as we have definite plans.
The criteria are:
a. Are you a serviceman or woman with a physical or operational stress injury, referred through a Personnel Recovery Officer?
b. Are you a veteran with a physical or operational stress injury sustained through active service, who may be referred through the NHS, Combat Stress, or any other recognised military association?
The courses run over five days, and are residential. They vary, according to the needs of each discrete group, but all involve learning basic handling and groundwork with the horses, followed by riding in the school and then out into the hills. No previous experience is necessary. We have everyone from complete novices who have never so much as set eyes on an equine, to those who have served in the Household Cavalry. The horses are all specially schooled so that they are kind and gentle with the rawest of beginners.
The afternoons are spent in a variety of activities, from falconry to fishing to bushcraft. The emphasis is on building confidence and capability, and restoring a sense of agency, especially for those who may have undergone long medical and physical rehabilitation. We also place an emphasis on transferable skills.
If you, or anyone you know, think that you fit these criteria and might be helped by HorseBack, please contact co-founder Emma Hutchison directly at
n the picture below, you can see HorseBack’s own Jay Hare, who is on secondment from the Royal Marines, working with Rodney. This is the kind of thing that course participants will learn on the first and second days, before the riding starts.
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