The Mare and Foal Sanctuary rescue horses and ponies in need of help, and care for them in their sanctuaries in Devon. The Sanctuary’s aims are not just to rescue neglected, unwanted or abused horses but to rehabilitate, train and eventually rehome them into loving, knowledgeable environments. We also focus on educating the public in matters relating to the welfare of horses and ponies.
About the Mare and Foal Sanctuary
We own more than 300 horses and ponies and five farms in Devon, including our new Beech Trees Veterinary and Welfare Centre.
Most of our horses are cared for at loan-homes away from the Sanctuary, but we maintain ownership to safeguard their futures and carry out regular home checks to make sure they are happy and healthy.
As well as caring for our horses day to day, we hold several special events, including our annual sponsored rides, dressage and show jumping competitions, Open Days and summer shows.
We also attend local fundraising events such as summer fetes and agricultural shows throughout the South West.
To help us maintain a steady income we have charity shops in the South and East Devon areas. In addition to our regular full and part-time staff we benefit from a very helpful core of voluntees both in the stables and in the shops, without whom we could not operate.
We also work proactively with other equestrian groups and charities as well as the local and national media to raise awareness of current horse-related issues.
In 2010 we were accepted into the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) with whom we help improve equine welfare in the UK. We were also delighted in 2014 when actor and national treasure John Nettles accepted our invitation to be the Sanctuary’s patron.