HorseBack UK uses horsemanship to inspire recovery, regain self-esteem and provide a sense of purpose and community to the wounded, injured and sick of the military community. We have a herd composed mostly of American Quarter Horses, specially chosen for their unique combination of strength, kindness and intelligence.
As an ex-marine himself who had served at 45 Commando in Arbroath, Jock approached the current Commanding Officer. 2008 had been a particularly traumatic year for 45 Commando as in their recent tour of Afghanistan they had lost 9 of their own in combat with a further 16 suffering life changing injuries. Jock and Emma offered the farm as somewhere that the injured marines could come to as a break away from clinical recovery and over the next 12 months had several groups come and visit the farm.
In 2009 HorseBack UK gained charitable status with the aim of taking wounded servicemen and women and introducing them to horses. Through working with the horses amongst a like minded group, service personnel who had been mentally and physically scarred could regain their confidence, dignity and especially in the case of amputees, mobility. Through the courses at HorseBack UK and the voluntary programme, which means that our participants may return to work at HorseBack year round, they find a place where they may rebuild, retrench, and move forward into a brighter future.
Jamie’s Farm transforms the lives of vulnerable children in challenging urban schools. They provide a unique combination of ‘farming, family and therapy’ through a short stay residential and follow up programme. Their aim is to re-engage children with educational life, and enable them to fulfil their potential both in school and the wider social setting.
Jamie’s Farm are committed to:
- A preventative approach;
- Building long term partnerships with schools and charities that bring children to Jamie’s Farm;
- Giving children a framework of support that will allow the impact of the farm on self-esteem, relationships and behaviour to continue
A visit to Jamie’s Farm results in:
- Fewer fixed term and permanent exclusions;
- Reengagement with teachers, school and educational life;
- Professional development opportunities for all visiting staff;
- Memories that last a lifetime, and an opportunity to reform patterns of behaviour in school and beyond.
Jamie’s Farm was set up by Mother and Son, Tish Fielden and Jamie, they are extremely proud of the impact their farm makes on students, teachers and schools. To donate or to contact Jamie’s Farm: www.jamiesfarm.org.uk
Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony
Hannah Francis was diagnosed with lung, hip and pelvis cancer. Hannah was a keen eventer and always dreamt of pursuing it as a career.
Since her osteosarcoma diagnosis on 1 May 2015, the 18-year-old wrote a blog of her experiences from the point of view of her cuddly toy, Willberry. She also raised significant funds for various charities.
In May, Hannah announced that Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony had been approved as a registered charity. All funds raised go towards bone cancer research and granting horsey wishes to those with serious illnesses.
After her diagnosis, through 15 months of treatment Hannah continued to ride and raise money for charity, she had the strength to start the ‘Willberry Wonder Pony’ Foundation, helping to #KICKCANCERSBUTT.
Hannah raised over £115,000 and the charity continues in Hannah’s legacy. You can upload photos to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using the #KICKINGCANCERSBUTT and using @willberrywonderpony on Instagram and @chiefchemopony on Twitter.
Hope Pastures uses your donations to prevent suffering and to improve and save lives. Thanks to your support we rescue, rehabilitate and re-home horses, ponies and donkeys in need and give people the chance to meet these animals and learn about them and how to look after them.Our team of supporters, volunteers, staff and trustees all ‘go the extra mile’ to make a real difference and to help your donations do the same.Because we’re a small charity with few ‘overheads,’ 95p of every £1 you donate goes directly to help the animals.
To find out more about Hope Pastures visit www.hopepastures.org
Hope Pastures Rescued & Re-homed
The Hope Pastures’ Rescued & Re-Homed Showing Series recognises it’s not just charities who rescue ponies – people like you do, too. Rescued & Re-homed celebrates the effort you’ve put in to rescue and help your horse, pony or donkey (or mule!) with a Series of ‘virtual’ and ‘real’ showing classes, show-casing how far your horse/pony has come. All you have to do is tell Hope Pastures their story and send them some pics. Your horse/pony doesn’t have to have been officially rescued to enter, you might have bought it in a maltreated state (e.g. from a horse sale or neglectful keeper) or even saved it from being destroyed by re-training it or by taking it as a companion. If your horse/pony was rescued by a charity then re-homed with you, you can also enter them.
Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund
The Fund supports people who have suffered from an accident around horses and where other relief is inadequate or unobtainable and they have nowhere else to turn. We help those from all walks of life and irrespective of whether an accident has happened on or around horses and at home or at a riding event. Our video featuring Belinda, one of our beneficiaries, and our Patron Zara Phillips shows just how we help.
If you have been involved in any horse related accident – or know someone who has – and for whatever reason you (or they) are finding it hard to cope, then please do contact us. Our wide ranging advice and moral, practical or financial support has proved itself to be a lifeline for injured horse riders and handlers across Britain.
To find out more about Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund or to donate mdirf.co.uk
We find happy homes for abandoned or unwanted pets and we keep pets healthy by promoting welfare and providing treatment. Horse rehoming loan scheme- Blue Cross rehouse horses on a monitored loan, which means we check in to see how they’re doing from time to time so we can make sure that they – and you – are happy.
If you and your family have decided you’d like to give a home to a horse or pony from Blue Cross, please have a look to see horses currently available for loan.
Blue Cross also offers advice. Unwanted horses urgently need short-term homes. For more information contact www.bluecross.org.uk
Bodmin Moorland Pony Sanctuary
On most of the UK’s moorland and mountain regions a number of our native and hill ponies are suffering and dying due to indiscriminate breeding and neglect. Along with raising much needed funds to continue helping the rescued ponies in our care and find them long term caring homes we hope to educate and inform people of the nationwide problems our moorland and hill ponies face.
To find out more visit the Bodmin Moorland Pony Sanctuary Facebook Page
The Horse Rangers Association
Founded in 1954 by Raymond Gordon to enable young people, who would not otherwise have the opportunity, to learn to look after and ride horses; from early in the charity’s existence this included young people with Special Needs.
A uniformed youth organisation they rely on volunteers to deliver all of their activities. Many of their volunteers were involved with the charity when they were children themselves.
Today much of their Special Needs activities come under the umbrella of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), of which they are a member group. Their Special Needs classes operate at their Indoor School, located at the Stockyard, Bushy Park. They also have 5 paddocks at the Stockyard where their horses are turned out for a week’s rest on a three weekly rotation.
To find out more visit www.horserangers.com