SAINT MARY'S HORSE REFUGE
We provide a caring home for horses and ponies in need of help. We have about 14 horses now, we lost two recently. Our horse number s vary from at least 10 to 12 up to about 20 at the most. We could have taken more in the past, but we lost one rented field in 2013 to housing development.
We take in horses and ponies from a wide range of circumstances, including horses which are no longer properly cared for, not given sufficient attention, perhaps no longer ridden, some owners and horses had little space to exercise, many were lonely, some were not well nourished, some lacked and needed medical care, some had been abused, neglected and ill-treated and many were simply too much work for their over-worked or elderly owners who could no longer give them the care they they needed and deserved.
Every horse which we have taken in has benefitted from the best care, attention and love that we can give them. They all receive the appropriate grazing space, overnight stabling, grooming, mucking-out, medical care, feeding, exercise, shoeing and riding, as appropriate to suit the specific needs of each horse.
We exercise and ride as many of the horses as we can. The older horses are seldom ridden and many of the oldest can no longer be ridden.
We do loan some of the horses - those that are able to be loaned, for a small donation. This acts in two ways - to keep the horse healthy via exercise; and to bring in a small amount of income to cover for their keep and the keep of other horses.
However, we have to be very careful about rehousing horses, because many do not settle in well. They can get lonely and become quite anxious and upset, so it is often unfair for them and we sometimes have to bring them back home.
Our charity volunteers work very hard in all weathers to make sure that these horses are cared for well. Although, vet, rent and feed bills, etc have to be paid and the money for those has to come from donations and from the income from our charity shops.
We need to find a large field or group of meadows that we can rent cheaply or preferably to buy at affordable agricultural land prices. We do urgently need help now in the provision of fencing for our fields, corals and for our shelter projects.
Our aim is to keep all these unwanted but loveable horses healthy and to give them a decent life that they can enjoy until their final days. Although our family of horses is relatively small in the amount of horses that we can keep, usually no more than twenty, this number is limited by the field sizes and the level of our finances. Without good finances we cannot rent more land nor pay for more food and vets bills, therefore, often we cannot accept many more horses.
OUR CHARITY CONSTITUTION HAS THE FOLLOWING STATED OBJECTS :
1) FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE PUBLIC TO RELIEVE THE SUFFERING OF HORSES AND PONIES IN NEED OF CARE AND ATTENTION AND, IN PARTICULAR, TO PROVIDE AND MAINTAIN RESCUE HOMES OR OTHER FACILITIES FOR THE RECEPTION, CARE AND TREATMENT OF SUCH ANIMALS.
2) THE EDUCATION OF THE PUBLIC IN MATTERS PERTAINING TO ANIMAL WELFARE IN GENERAL AND THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY AND SUFFERING AMONG SUCH ANIMALS.
Please browse through our website and check out the horses and ponies that we have rescued over the years. They all have a different story to tell, some are very sad.
We will also update the site with further news on each of the horses and ponies as and when it happens; And, we will also keep an eye out for any new residents that we may have to take in.