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Weʼre raising £5,000 to help Rescued Ponies at Woodfield Animal Sanctuary in Wales. Urgent Appeal

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Robbies Rescues

A big Thank You to everyone who came to our Foal Day on Saturday. It was lovely to meet everyone and we are really heartened by all the support and good wishes we have received.

Where we are now

We are all on course for having our shelters ready to provide cover this winter for the 70 or so animals we now have at Woodfield. A local farmer is very kindly helping with this. John who was a rig has been successfully castrated and is enjoying life with his new friends. Heartfelt thanks to all who have donated.

Due to extreme rainfall, continuously over the winter the ponies can no longer use the shelters in their fields. Some of these ponies have health problems and have had a poor start in life. Please help support us to look after them.

Any small donation will be gratefully received.

How it started

Swansea born Robbie and her husband David decided to retire to Gower from Hertfordshire with their horses, 11 dogs( rescued from a dogs' home which was closing in Spain)and a large number of cats in search of what they thought would be a quieter life....

Very soon after moving to Gower their lives started to change dramatically. Within one month their first rescue pony arrived. Although totally emaciated on arrival he fought against all odds to recover and is living happily at their home.

From then on there has been a never ending stream of horses arriving - often in quite large numbers.

On one memorable occasion over 20 arrived in one night! Some have had road accidents , some are colts and stallions needing castrating as well as the orphan foals each summer brings.

On 2 separate occasions 2 ponies who were actually dragged out of lakes came to Woodfield to be nursed back to life! Injured stallions on local commons have gone to Robbies to be treated and in 2017 they paid for their transport to a sanctuary in England. They have a policy of not separating animals that have lived their lives together.

The horses and ponies that stay at Woodfields are those who for health reasons are not able to be rehomed. There are several ponies in their late twenties and thirties and 1 believed to be over 40!

Their dedication to animal welfare has meant that in less than 5 years their small holding has now become a sanctuary for over 40 rescued horses, a small flock of sheep, and several dogs and cats. To date Robbie and David have not received any funding for the incredible amount of money they put into giving these rescued animals a wonderful home. They also rent additional grazing from local farmers.

Hilton for Horses

One visit from a well known vet likened it to the 'Hilton for Horses'- alluding to the effort Robbie and David put into making sure their animals receive the best care they can provide. Many of the horses and ponies that arrive at Woodfield have not had the best start in life..some have come from other charities that have closed down and some have been rescued from slaughter.

The story of John

One particular case is a young colt which Robbie named John in tribute to one of her volunteers. John had been loose on the common in Three Crosses when he was hit and badly injured by a car. With no one thinking he had any chance of recovering Robbie stepped in and suggested he could come to Woodfields and she would look after him. After sveral months of total rest , he is at last able to walk and trot, and is allowed to roll and stretch his legs outdoors . The next stage would normally be to castrate John so he could happily share a field with other ponies. The vets were duly called to do the deed but on examination they realised that the operation could not be done in his stable at Robbies as there were some anatomical complications! John would have to be an 'in patient' as he is a 'rig' and the cost would be far more than first expected.

Where we are now

Please help us to raise enough money to help John and look after all his animal friends.

Without this operation he will be unable to lead a normal life socialising with other horses. Any extra funds raised will help to pay for the considerable daily running costs.

Please see our website for our latest rescue

https://www.woodfieldanimalsanctuary.org

or Facebook page Woodfield Animal Sanctuary

https://www.facebook.com/Woodfield-Animal-Sanctuary-1963481670334935/

if you would like any more info or to help us in any way

please contact Robbie or David on 01792 390455 or 0786 070 7109

Woodfield House

Welshmoor

Llanrhidian SA3 1EX

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  • Chloe Jones

    Chloe Jones

    Dec 8, 2018

    £10.00

  • Dottie Huxtable

    Dottie Huxtable

    Oct 30, 2018

    The work you do to help animals is wonderful

    £10.00

  • Christine and Norman

    Christine and Norman

    Oct 30, 2018

    Great you are looking after all the animals and especially Christine's three cats.

    £1,000.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 28, 2018

    Thank you for all you do.

    £50.00

  • Louise Gray

    Louise Gray

    Oct 28, 2018

    To help with the rescue of the 2 dogs this week. Poor wee soles. X

    £50.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 26, 2018

    Thank you for all you do for these animals.

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Oct 25, 2018

    £10.00

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Robbie Bartington

Robbie Bartington

gower, UK

Robbie is from a family of animal lovers and is herself a qualified Riding Instructor.

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