About Mare & Foal Sanctuary
About This Shop
The Mare and Foal Sanctuary is the place for people who want to make a difference to the lives of horses, ponies, and foals. We rescue horses and ponies that have been abandoned, neglected , or abused and give them sanctuary for life. Most horses and ponies are looked after by our network of knowledgeable carers. Those equines with more complex needs are cared for in our five peaceful, Devon-based sanctuaries.
Over 600 equines are currently under our care. We work for all horses and ponies but have particular experience in managing and training feral or unhandled horses and ponies and caring for mares in foal and orphaned or abandoned foals.
The Mare and Foal Sanctuary was founded on the principles that horses and ponies, as sentient beings and close companions of humans, have value and a purpose. We offer human-equine interaction through equine-assisted learning, equine-assisted well-being, and equine-assisted activities to children, young people, and adults in our community with our rescued horses and ponies. We aim to unlock a world of natural, wild beauty where ponies and people who were struggling can enjoy life again.
Our work is focused in the South West but as part of the National Equine Welfare Council, we collaborate locally and nationally with the RSPCA and other equine welfare charities. We also give non-judgemental advice and no-shame support to any horse or pony carer. Our patrons are John Nettles OBE and Angela Rippon CBE.
We have several charity shops around Devon which help us to raise money to continue our rescue work and provide expert care for horses and ponies in need. We also invite the public to attend a variety of different events each year at our sanctuaries.
Even if you can’t own a horse or pony, The Mare, and Foal Sanctuary can help you play the biggest role in their lives. Find out more about our lifesaving work: www.mareandfoal.org