“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)