With June Burgess

Horses for People - Workshops for Veterans

Back to Grazing

Horses are quick to react to perceived danger but where no threat exists, go ‘back to grazing’. We use the same principle focus on helping people to develop a less reactive approach to situations and how to connect with others to create and maintain better relationship.

It’s about life skills, coping mechanisms, decision making and creating a brighter future. Participants tell us that they feel much more hopeful and positive following their time with the horses. We also offer a free 6-week online follow up on-line course for veterans to help with establishing new, constructive practices.

How to attend

We aim to help as many people in the Armed Forces community as possible. We support service personnel and veterans of all ages, whether difficulties have arisen during time in the Armed Forces or many years later.

Since our 2 day Back to Grazing courses are group sessions, we prefer individuals to come via a referring body. This can be Inspire Wellbeing, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes, NHS or other recognised military associations. If you are unsure, please contact June who will explain what is involved in our Back to Grazing workshops and provide you with details of the relevant organisations for referral.

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Ballygraffan, Comber, N. Ireland

Ballygraffan is a very special place. With views over Stangford Lough, it has a relaxing air that everyone comments on. It is a safe place, totally private and the yard is closed to outsiders during workshops.

Horses for People - Workshops for Veterans


June works with groups of up to 8 people.

Each group is different and June adapts her Back to Grazing programme to suit participants.

Back to Grazing is a 2 – day workshop format. Participants must attend two consecutive days to gain the greatest benefit.

At June’s home farm at Ballygraffan, near Comber in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Only 20mins from Belfast but a world apart in terms of de-stressing. Ballygraffan is safe and private. 

We register veterans through referral bodies such as Inspire Wellbeing, VSO, Walking With the Wounded or other recognised military associations. Our 2021/22 programme can be accessed by contacting Inspire direct on 03308 089 294.

Definitely not. In fact, people who are nervous of horses often gain the greatest confidence.