“It’s Changed my life”

“It’s changed my life. It’s given me a new lease of life. I wish I’d done it 3 or 4 years ago. Before I came I was isolated. I didn’t know where to turn for help. I had really bad problems. I’d tried to kill myself. Pills, doctors, counsellors can only help so much. They stop you from killing yourself, but they don’t make you better. I didn’t think I had a future. But it [Horseback UK] is a unique, special place. It opened my mind. It’s been great to meet new people, especially racing people.

We’ve had fun and really bonded, sharing our problems and experiences. I’ve had the chance to spend time with horses and rekindle my love for horses. It’s made me more positive and given me the strength to think about the future. And Racing Welfare is now helping me take my plans forward for the future.

I’m riding out again, and I’ve enrolled on a course. I might get some more counselling. My main aim is to re-train and get back to work. I’d also like to go back to Horseback and be a mentor. I think I have experiences that can help people.”

(Racing Welfare Beneficiary)


“The hardest part of my horseback experience was to turn up! On the first night I was greeted by the warmest of mentors who introduced me to my colleagues on the course.

From the first day you will feel part of a family. Once at the farm it felt instantly calm and inviting. There are not only horses but dogs, cats , sheep and chickens (fresh eggs for breakfast!) The very talented horseback team are so respectful of everyone’s needs and as a team value each other’s input too.

Riding a horse is not your only goal or even necessary, the horses respond to your body language. They too have a personal journey to become part of the horseback family. It is at times what I can only describe as magical.

When I groomed the horses or rode I completely forgot my pain. Our team bonded so well and I feel I climbed a mountain and came over the top empowered by my experiences. We also did photography, archery and conservation. The area is such a beautiful location.

Once home I was happily exhausted and I think I drove my family insane talking about nothing but the experiences and friendships I had gained. We all stay in touch till our next week together in March.

Even if horses are not your thing , I believe everyone should experience horseback UK, it’s life changing.” 


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