Sanctuary News

Mare and Foal Sanctuary teams across the South West champion patron Angela as she embarks on her Strictly Come Dancing journey

Teams from The Mare and Foal Sanctuary are eagerly preparing to champion our patron, Angela Rippon CBE, as she graces the dance floor in the highly anticipated 21st season of Strictly Come Dancing.

Rescuing neglected equines

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary was involved in a multi-agency equine welfare case in Devon during April 2022, involving over 20 equines found emaciated and suffering.    

Remembering SWEP founder, Maureen Rolls 

We are deeply saddened to share the news that Maureen Rolls, former trustee and founder of South West Equine Protection has passed away.  

HETI Member at HorseWorld Trust

Sharing insights at the HETI UK Spring Forum 2023 

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary are proud members of The Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy International AISBL (HETI). This year, we travelled to Horseworld Trust in Bristol to share our insights on this year’s theme: How can we ensure our Equine Assisted Services provide a positive experience for our equine partners? 

People walking in the countryside

Discover the magic of horses and join us for open days and exclusive events

Have you have ever wondered what goes on in an equine rescue sanctuary? Or perhaps you are keen to meet horses and ponies and learn about their incredible lives? Look no further than our upcoming open days. These special events are packed with inspiring demonstrations, fun family activities and refreshments. 

Experience an unforgettable art exhibition at The Mare and Foal Sanctuary this summer 

Art isn’t just for galleries. This summer, Devon’s art scene will get a unique addition when artist Kathy Nettles brings her extraordinary collection of 30 horse and pony paintings to The Mare and Foal Sanctuary’s Coombe Park Education and Equestrian Centre near Totnes in Devon. The exhibition will be the final event in the charity’s 30th anniversary celebrations. 

Children poo picking in a field

‘Big Help Out’ Opportunities at The Mare and Foal Sanctuary    

Thousands of organisations across the country are getting together to give us all the chance to help out in our own local communities to mark the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III

Horse having a guttural pouch wash

Managing strangles: Learning from the past to protect the future 

In 2015 The Mare and Foal Sanctuary encountered a prolonged strangles outbreak. The outbreak lasted seven months, it had a profound effect on our ability to rescue horses and claimed the lives of four of our residents.

Arnie eating grass in the fields

Remembering Arnie

We are sad to share the news that a few days ago we lost one of our former adoption ponies, Arnie.