“Having lost my family and friends I now feel as though I belong, it has totally changed my outlook and given me the drive to get my life moving forward”.
“Working with the horses has been a massive emotional roller coaster, allowing me to address issues about myself. Moving forward I know I’m part of a new family which will help and support me. This is one of the best experiences of my life and I thank HBUK for their help and support”.
“HBUK has changed my life and given me the confidence to look to the future. I am capable of so much more than I originally thought.
“HBUK has given me and my wife “Me” back and I’d been gone for over 10 years. I have taken the methodology of HBUK and found how to put it into my day to day life. My moods are better; my health is better and I have lost a considerable amount of weight by my determination to have a more active life. I really feel I have achieved something.”
“I love the peaceful and caring environment of HBUK where I felt looked after. I could push myself rather than feel pushed and accept my limitations without feeling like I’d failed. “
“I have loved the experience and it’s brought me out of my shell. I’ve been surprised at what I’ve been able to achieve. HBUK has taught me to enjoy myself through being taught how to care not only for myself but for something else. Everyone worked together to help each other.”
“HBUK has given me the motivation and strength to believe in myself. The key principles of HBUK are designed to be transferable to everyday life and I have certainly used them at home. I’m communicating with the family much more and can now be rational rather than explosive.”
“Since coming to HBUK I’ve found a different way of thinking and have gained confidence and the possibility of a future. I now have the will power and determination to make life better and take control. Working with the horses has helped me control my emotions and improve my relationships.”
“HBUK has been an opportunity to really stretch myself within an atmosphere of honour, decency and mutual respect; something I’ve sorely missed since leaving the army and found very difficult to find in Civvie Street.”
“Working with the horses and gaining their trust has been a deeply humbling and immensely satisfying experience. The level of support that the staff and instructors have given me has been moving beyond words. It has been a privilege like no other to learn from the HorseBack UK team and bonding with such wonderful animals has awakened a part of me that I didn’t even know existed. Since coming home I haven’t stopped smiling, such was the joy and meaning of it all.”
“Working within a new team, alongside the horses has taught me respect and patience for others but also myself. I’m now 100% determined to turn my life around so that it is more positive. I’m taking methods learnt with horses such as stillness and calmness and using them to improve my life at times of tension. I hope to continue working with HBUK in the future.”
“I am an individual who has been suffering from PTSD for 10 years. On a regular basis I have to make the decision whether to live or die, to stay in the depths of despair, depression, worthlessness, guilt or horror. Talking with people who have been through the same thing helps me but today I met my horse. She could feel everything that was going on inside me so there was no escape, I had to stand tall and be strong. I had to let her know how emotionally fragile I am but at the same time gain her respect and be strong to protect and lead her. We connected and I felt strong, capable and in control for the first time in many years. This has breathed new life into me as for 10 years I’ve been lost and now after my stay at HorseBack I am found. Thank you Thank you.”
“A truly moving experience, I will take memories and now friends with me to the grave.”
“Brilliant! The benefits I have received from this have gone a very long way in helping me understand more about myself and finding the old me again.”
“It’s the first time in months that I’ve actually looked forward to facing the day ahead. Also the feeling of being part of a team and accepted for who I am.” “I leave with a deep respect for the organisation and its ethos. It has helped ground me and give me a real desire and purpose to go forward.”
“I honestly think the course has changed my life, I feel I have reached a new level in my life; calm, thoughtful, not so revved up and now good to go!”
“I have noticed a huge change in myself and can now count to ten when things are getting on top of me. I have discovered I can be totally in control of my anger, this is huge for me!”
“Every part of my body has come alive with feelings”
“Mentally I have been locked away for years. This week I have exercised my body, mind and soul to a level that it’s brought unstoppable change.”