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The Mare and Foal Sanctuary

Help us rescue more ponies like Bambola

Your donation could help us rescue more horses like Bambola who was just three months old when we leapt to the aid of a couple whose beloved herd had become too dangerous to handle in the biggest rescue operation the sanctuary has ever led.
Closes on 06/01/2019
Charity Registration No: 1141831
About the charity

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary

The Mare & Foal Sanctuary exists to rescue, rehabilitate & rehome horses & ponies in the UK. Founded in 1988 the Sanctuary became a registered charity in 1992. Our aims are not just to rescue neglected and unwanted horses and ponies but to give them better lives through kindness, care and knowledge.

Story

A marriage breakdown, stallions bought for showing and young colts left ungelded, had caused a population explosion - turning an innocent love of animals into a situation that had spiralled out of control.

It all began with an anxious phone call from Suzanne. She explained how a series of personal events had left her new partner Alan with a dangerous situation at his smallholding on the edge of Bodmin.

Over many years the original few horses and ponies had swelled to a mixed herd of more than 30, including thoroughbreds, foals, colts, stallions and pregnant mares all on a 22-acre smallholding. Stallions fighting and panicked mares trying to protect their foals made entering the field too frightening, even for an experienced horsewoman like Suzanne who quickly realised that Alan could not cope on his own with the animals and made the initial call to our Equine Welfare Team.

Alan said: "The thought of asking for help and the fear of embarrassing questions as to how things had become so bad had stopped me. But I shouldn't have worried. The people at the Sanctuary were great and just wanted to help. There were no embarrassing questions as their main concern was to provide the best help for the animals in what seemed an impossible equine situation."

Following their call, it was all systems go for our Equine Team. First of all, we took those horses that needed urgent medical attention to the Sanctuary, where they were treated at our Beech Trees Centre. We then separated the agitated stallions which involved corralling a few at a time into pens before releasing the mares, foals and youngsters back into the field. The RSPCA and Redwings were also on stand-by to tranquilise the stallions if required in what became the largest rescue operation of its kind that the Sanctuary has ever led.

So far, the Sanctuary has taken in 22 ponies and horses including three-month old, 7hh Bambola, whose mum Pandora had been regularly attacked by the older colts, and little Frankie who was struggling with an eye problem. Thoroughbred cross mare Sapphi and her gorgeous foal Taffy, were among the last to arrive and, although slightly under weight, are now recovering well at the Sanctuary. The stallions, including American Miniature ponies Wally, Reggie and Frankie, were all gelded under the charity's no breeding policy.

Sanctuary Chief Executive Sarah Jane Williamson said: "Very few of our welfare cases involve genuine, premeditated cruelty. Welfare issues can arise from a simple change of circumstances such as the loss of a job or regular income or the breakdown of a relationship. Most people struggle on and then, before they know it, the situation is bigger than they can handle. Were so glad Alan and Suzanne reached out for our help. Sometimes you simply can't do it on your own. "

The Sanctuary will continue to work with Alan and Suzanne, who is now volunteering at our Yelverton Stables.

Your donation could help us to lead the way in rescuing more ponies like Bambola, Frankie and Wally and work with other horse owners like Alan and Suzanne.

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Supporters

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Anonymous

2 days ago

My very best wishes to you for all the wonderful work you do. Well done!

£100.00

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Linda Chapman

5 days ago

£10.00

+ £2.5 Gift Aid

Christina Rawlins

9 days ago

Not lots but hopefully this will help a little x

Diana Reed

12 days ago

Thank you for all your work with the horses

£30.00

+ £7.5 Gift Aid

Helena Lymbery

14 days ago

£55.00

+ £13.75 Gift Aid

About the charity

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary
The Mare and Foal Sanctuary

The Mare & Foal Sanctuary exists to rescue, rehabilitate & rehome horses & ponies in the UK. Founded in 1988 the Sanctuary became a registered charity in 1992. Our aims are not just to rescue neglected and unwanted horses and ponies but to give them better lives through kindness, care and knowledge.

Charity Registration No: 1141831

http://www.mareandfoal.org

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£1,073.00

+ £192.50 Gift Aid

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