Horse riding has its benefits for armed forces

TRAINING Leading Physical Trainer Kelly Gooch
TRAINING Leading Physical Trainer Kelly Gooch

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A ROYAL Navy physical trainer is working to promote the benefits of horse riding for servicemen and women.

Leading Physical Trainer Kelly Gooch took a team from the medical department of Gosport’s HMS Sultan for an afternoon of equestrian training.

The sailors were given an introduction to riding, followed by a ride around the countryside.

As a result of seeing the therapeutic benefits, Kelly has decided to raise funds for Horseback UK, a charity which helps rehabilitate injured service personnel through horse riding.

Kelly said: ‘Equestrianism is a challenging sport that involves riding an animal with a mind of its own. Additionally, riding in a group requires teamwork and a lot of concentration as everyone has to be cautious and aware not to go too close to the horse in front or get left behind.

‘I would encourage anyone to get behind the work of Horseback UK and also think about giving riding a go for themselves.’

Kelly will run the Isle of Wight Marathon on Sunday to raise funds for the charity.

You can sponsor Kelly by visiting