Sanctuary News

Unique partnership event teaches vets across UK valuable field surgery skills

A special equine training clinic, hosted at our Beech Trees site in Newton Abbot, has given professional vets from all over the UK a unique opportunity to learn valuable field surgery and anaesthesia skills on semi-feral ponies. 

Lifesaving equipment installed at Coombe Park

We would like to say a huge thank you to our wonderful supporters for helping us to buy new life-saving equipment which will benefit staff, visitors, and local people. 

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Sarah Jane Williamson Steps Down as Chief Executive

Sarah Jane Williamson has decided to step down as Chief Executive of The Mare and Foal Sanctuary as of Tuesday 12th March. 

Seeking Home Sanctuary for Sherbert

We’re hoping one of the most critically neglected ponies that we rescued in a shocking animal welfare case that appalled the presiding Judge, will soon find a loving new home.

Neglected ponies’ lives transformed

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary has been involved from the outset in a serious welfare neglect case at a Community Interest Company in Cornwall, after being contacted by a concerned member of the public in 2021. After monitoring the situation over several months, we escalated the case to the RSPCA, which decided to pursue a prosecution.

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Our first ever Crowdfunder raises nearly £200k to buy vital training equipment

An overwhelming response to our first ever Crowdfunding campaign has enabled us to buy a vital and very unusual piece of lifesaving kit.

Reflecting on Horses Inside Out 

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary is dedicated to sharing best practice in equine care and welfare and we would like to thank Gillian Higgins for bringing her incredible Horses Inside Out lecture demonstration to our Coombe Park Equestrian and Education Centre.

Love our newsletters? From this year you can hear them as well as read them!  

 Each spring, summer and autumn, we love sharing news about The Mare and Foal Sanctuary in special newsletters for our supporters.  

Introducing…Nia and Netty

Little three-month-old foal Netty and her dam Nia have got members of the public to thank for their beautiful new names after a competition which prompted more than 500 name suggestions from all over the UK.

The Welsh moorland ponies are among our newest arrivals after a multi-agency rescue in Wales on Wednesday 08 November.