Visit the Sanctuary

Come and say hello

Discover our sanctuary for rescued horses and ponies within the peaceful setting of our Coombe Park Equestrian and Education Centre on set dates in 2023.

Around 50 equines are provided with lifelong, life-changing, loving care and support here. During your visit you will be able to enjoy seeing them outdoors in nature.

Upcoming events

We couldn’t do our work without you

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary is a registered charity providing lifelong sanctuary, welfare outreach, advice and support, rehoming and Equine Assisted Services. Your visit directly contributes to our vital work as all profits go towards supporting our charitable activities. We aim to encourage as many people as possible to join us in making a difference to the lives of horses, ponies and people.

people walking through countryside at mare and foal sanctuary

Things to discover on Open Days

  • Adopt a pony
  • Café (hot and cold drinks, ice creams and cakes only)
  • Gift shop
  • High Intensity Welfare Unit build project
  • Kids’ trail
  • See horses and ponies
  • Talks and demonstrations
  • Outdoor picnic areas
  • Walks

Here to inspire you!

Our friendly staff and volunteers are always happy to stop and answer questions you may have.

Rosemary Kind High Intensity Welfare Unit Build Project

Find out how you can support the build of our new Rosemary Kind High Intensity Welfare Unit – a UK centre of excellence in long-term, vet-led equine care and management for horses and ponies with care needs that mean they require onsite sanctuary for the rest of their lives.

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Our main yard is mainly level and suitable for wheelchair users.  However, there are some steep slopes and uneven surfaces on our walks to other parts of the sanctuary.  If you have any concerns about the accessibility of the site, please contact [email protected] or call us on 01626 882 660.

People walking in the countryside
Coombe sanctuary

How to find us

Our Coombe Park Equestrian and Education Centre is just off the A381 in Littlehempston, Devon and located three miles from the historic town of Totnes.

Arriving by foot? Both the Torbay Totnes Trail and John Musgrave Heritage Trail pass the entrance to our sanctuary.

Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary, Coombe Park Equestrian and Education Centre, Littlehemptson, Totnes, TQ9 6LW

Telephone: 01626 882 660

Explore our Events

We look forward to welcoming you to our Open Days in 2023:

Sunday 9th July                              10am to 3pm
Sunday 6th August                        10am to 3pm
Sunday 20th August                      10am to 3pm
Sunday 24th September               10am to 3pm
Sunday 22nd October                  10am to 3pm
Sunday 26th November               10am to 3pm

Special Events

We also have two exclusive events planned:

Kathy Nettles Art Exhibition
Friday 21 July 2023/5pm to 8pm

Gillian Higgins Horses Inside Out Evening Demo
Thursday 12 October 2023/6pm to 9pm

Tickets are on sale now. 

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Arena Hire at Coombe Park Equestrian and Education Centre

As an equine welfare charity which has a leading role in the ethical handling and training of horses and ponies, The Mare and Foal Sanctuary is currently piloting ways we can make our arenas available for hire to horse and pony owners/riders who are also interested in the highest standards of evidence-based, ethical training.  Please contact us at [email protected] if you would like to know more.

Connect with our horses and ponies through our live webcam

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