“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