To empower those who have shown commitment to their country to have a direct input into the recovery of fellow comrades and contribute to society once again.
- To enhance the recovery process by integrating service personnel into the local community as part of the transition process.
- To assist individuals to translate military skills into the civilian work place.
- To ensure new skills are learnt and used to best effect to aid an individual’s recovery pathway.
- To inspire others to be proactive with their own life management.
Based on 2 farms covering 70 acres, HorseBack UK has created an environment where much of the recovery process can be undertaken in a beautiful outdoor setting where an individual is directly coached by staff who have not only recovered from wounds themselves but had similar military and life experiences.
The programme consists of a permanent training team all of whom are advanced in their own recovery pathways.
Clients can utilise the HorseBack UK facilities, whilst still continuing their individual rehabilitation programmes. Crucially undertaken at key points during the recovery pathways, physiotherapy, gym work and trips to rehabilitation centres are ensured never to be compromised.
After the initial intense medical treatment required for many of our wounded servicemen there follows a lengthy period of rehabilitation. Boredom, frustration and isolation can be the biggest challenges facing an individual during this period. By bringing those at different stages of their recovery together and by using a holistic approach to mental, physical and social rehabilitation, HorseBack UK aims to make a difference by restoring self respect and inspiring individuals to fulfil their potential as part of a community.
HorseBack UK clients work with our specifically chosen and trained American Quarter Horses. These horses; trained in the western style of riding, have been bred as working horses and are required to be strong, calm and to perform every manoeuvre asked of them with minimum demand. For those with physical injuries the horses provide mobility, to achieve tasks and return service personnel to the countryside with dignity. For clients who are struggling with mental health issues as a result of service, the horses are used in a therapeutic role.
One of the key roles of HorseBack UK is to introduce clients to job opportunities that exist within the countryside. During the courses guests work with gamekeepers, ghillies, bushcraft experts, countryside rangers, dry stone wallers and those in the tourist trade. Some of these activities will lead to clients developing skills and qualifications for future employment.