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 six 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 network of knowledgeable carers.
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.
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 is our equestrian and education centre. It is currently closed to the public due to refurbishment work.
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.
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.
This beautiful farm is our retirement stables for older horses and ponies with ongoingor age-related health issues, or those who cannot be rehomed. We have a dedicated team of grooms, who make sure that all of the horses and ponies are cared for and all of their individual needs are met, including any medication or enrichment.
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.