“I have seen the benefits of HorseBack UK at first hand in some of my patients; it has been transforming.

The opportunity to become mobile again in those who have lost the ability to walk, either through limb loss or injury, cannot be underestimated and it is extremely significant for these men. Before their injury, they were exceptionally fit and active highly trained soldiers; many had a keen interest in outdoor pursuits such as climbing and mountaineering. The sense of loss is especially debilitating, despite extraordinary levels of determination, courage and commitment. There is not only the suffering of the physical loss, but the psychological impact of the loss of independence, aspirations and ability.

Getting on a horse, and working with the animals to regain access to the mountains has a tremendous therapeutic effect. The concept of “by the boys, for the boys” gives purpose and value to the experience and allows them to be part of a team and to work for each other, all things which have been denied them by their injury. I think that HorseBack UK are doing a tremendous job to help with the rehabilitation of our wounded soldiers.”

Roderick Dunn MB BS DMCC FRCS(Plast), Consultant Plastic Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon, Salisbury

“The optimism and enthusiasm of those returning from HorseBack UK is infectious. The positive effect on the recovery of the injured is obvious and invaluable. I hope many more service personnel are able to benefit from this outstanding experience in their recovery pathway.”

Dr A Docherty, Civilian Medical Practitioner, 45 Commando Royal Marines

“Thanks to HorseBack UK and of course the horses, my husband had his first night’s decent sleep in years. For a man who hears the screams of the dying constantly in his head and doesn’t like himself as a person most of the time, that is some achievement. The effect has lasted longer than I expected too – we had a few moments where before he went to HorseBack UK he would normally have gone into the darkness but much to my surprise and delight he was very chilled and relaxed. What you have given me is hope – hope that I’ll get some of my old husband back, hope that he’ll find some peace and most of all hope that we can have a future together. It was getting to the stage where my self-preservation instincts were kicking in and the realisation that my love alone couldn’t fix him made me even more determined to get him some help. We found it.”

Member of the Special Forces

“Mending a fence is like mending your life. It’s about getting the chance to do it “

Corporal, British Army

“What I have been doing here is about living, learning new things, taking risks, being anxious sometimes, not knowing if I can cope – but getting through it and realising, ‘I’m OK’”

Sergeant, Royal Marines

"The horse looks at you honestly – it’s then up to you to believe in yourself.”

Sergeant RAF

“I have learnt that I am stubborn but determined and still able to learn. I can laugh again and know what fun is. I thank you so much for this as I now realise I am not on the scrap heap and have a chance at life again.”

Corporal RAF

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AB34 5LD

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