Our peaceful sanctuaries enable us to care for horses and ponies whose needs mean that they cannot easily be cared for elsewhere.
We currently have four sanctuaries and it is here that our dedicated staff provide expert and specialist care for life to over 200 horses and ponies. The remainder of our horses and ponies are given care for life through our Sanctuary at Home scheme.
Our sanctuaries are not usually open to the public. However, we do hold open days throughout the year as part of our programme of events and we have shared many of our rescue stories on this site for you to be able to see the impact of our work.
Beech Trees (at Honeysuckle), near Newton Abbot
Our veterinary and welfare centre is a fantastic facility and is the first port of call for all new arrivals rescued and rehomed into our Sanctuary. It is a fully equipped veterinary hospital with its own operating theatre and means we can give all of our horses and ponies the best care possible.
Coombe Park, near Totnes
Coombe Park is our equestrian and education centre. The centre is a place where people can come and see some of our horses and ponies available for rehoming. The centre is also home to our expanding education and therapy programme.
Visiting and events are by appointment only.
Moorland Rescue Facility, near Yelverton
Our purpose-built moorland rescue facility in Yelverton opened in November 2019. It has land, stabling and offices, right on the edge of Dartmoor, allowing our Yelverton team to specialise in the care and rehabilitation of semi-feral ponies.
It has revolutionised the way we care for unhandled ponies, providing them with a safe environment to express natural herd behaviour – including special crew barns so they can lie down together.
Work on the moorland rescue facility began under charity South West Equine Protection, which merged with The Mare and Foal Sanctuary in 2018.
Upcott Park, near Holsworthy
Lots of our younger horses and ponies head to Upcott Park in North Devon to grow up naturally in herds and work on their training.