Horse donated by HRH Princess Anne

HRH The Princess Royal at Gatscombe Park, Summer 2015
HRH The Princess Royal at Gatscombe Park, Summer 2015

HorseBack UK welcomed a former working thoroughbred with an injured tendon to their stable last week, donated to them by Princess Anne.

Arriving at HorseBack UK a little after 4pm last Thursday, Straight Man will now be rehabilitated and retrained to in-turn help rehabilitate people that have served in the armed forces.

HorseBack UK Boss, Jock Hutchison, said: “Straight Man’s settling in brilliantly.He’s been introduced to Peopleton Brock, our ex-racehorse, and they’re getting on nicely.

“We train horses with more experienced horses, because they’re intelligent animals and learn from each other. Peopleton Brock is really the blueprint of how we rehabilitate horses - he was a horse that had a job, and when he got injured, he lost his whole world. We retained him, and gave him a new purpose, and now we’ll do the same with Straight Man.”

The train of events that led to Straight Man moving to Deeside began in March, when The Princess Royal visited HorseBack UK, and being impressed with the way they worked, mentioned her old thoroughbred, Straight Man.

He will now begin his retraining with Horseback’s Jay Hare, who like Straight Man, suffered a life-changing injury, losing his leg on active service for the Royal Marines in Afghanistan. Their progress will be under the supervision of Hutchison and Robert Gonzales.