We launch our Christmas Appeal to find loving new homes


We have launched our Christmas Appeal for 2017 to find loving new homes for our horses and ponies. The Sanctuary currently has 24 horses and ponies looking for homes after rehoming 34 lucky animals this year  – all thanks to its thousands of supporters and the money they have raised. Managing Director Simon Avery said: …

Continue reading »

It’s a very mare-y Christmas as preparations in full swing for our Gold, Frankincense and Mare evening

  We’re planning a night to remember as we celebrate Christmas with our beautiful horses and ponies. The stables and indoor arena at our Coombe Park Visitor Centre will be transformed into a winter wonderland for our first ever Gold, Frankincense and Mare evening on December 8. And we’re hoping it will become an annual …

Continue reading »

Why horsing around can change children’s lives


  Two devoted mums have adopted rescue ponies claiming they can transform the lives of children with autism. Tracy Darke and Hayley Smith have been working closely with Devon charity the Mare & Foal Sanctuary after discovering the animals had a profound effect on the happiness of their autistic youngsters. Now they want to spread …

Continue reading »

Sanctuary appeals for people not to eat Dartmoor pony meat

We are urging people NOT to buy or eat Dartmoor Pony meat – totally refuting claims it could save the breed. The Sanctuary has hit back at suggestions selling the meat would increase the value of the Dartmoor herds and have called for better breeding controls to prevent the ponies being slaughtered in the first …

Continue reading »