Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre

Our mission is to rescue and rehabilitate abused, neglected and abandoned horses, ponies and donkeys, while campaigning for the better treatment of animals across Spain. We are a no-kill foundation and provide each rescued animal with a safe and loving sanctuary – either here at our centre or via rehoming – for the rest of their lives.

  • Help us build permanent fences
    Help us build permanent fences

    Our internal fencing deteriorates rapidly in the hot Spanish sun, requiring constant replacement.

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  • Lest we forget animal rights
    Lest we forget animal rights

    Dumped like a piece of rubbish at less than one year old, the baby donkey couldn't be saved.

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  • Friends Forever
    Friends Forever

    Do animals make friends and have long standing relationships? This sweet and sad story of true friendship is to honour two inseparable elderly ladies.

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  • Shocking rescue
    Shocking rescue

    What they found they believe is a little family - mum, a 9 year old tiny little pony and her son, a mule less than a year old.

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  • Meet Bronson
    Meet Bronson

    Bronson was beaten over the head with a hammer, permanently affecting his balance and eyesight. Yet he's the kindest, happiest horse.

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  • Sponsor a horse
    Sponsor a horse

    We rely on your donations to continue our animal welfare work. Sponsor a horse or donkey from just €5 a month (or choose your own currency).

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  • Life goes on
    Life goes on

    This is the story of a very brave little pony called Faith who came to Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in 2010. Well actually it's about three little ponies and a dolphin!

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  • Meet Luceiro
    Meet Luceiro

    Luceiro was locked in a dark stable for months, and his injured eye later had to be surgically removed. Yet he remains a proud and incredibly beautiful horse.

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Charlie

Charlie on May 21 2017 - photo Elaine Warnock

Rescued: May 18, 2010

Once a much-loved gymkhana pony, Charlie was brought to Spain from the UK then given away when his young rider grew up.

It’s unclear exactly what happened next, but we understand Charlie had several more owners before he arrived at our centre in May 2010. We believe he was aged about 18 when he arrived.

Charlie on May 21 2017 photog Elaine Warnock

We soon discovered that Charlie has Cushing’s disease, a pituitary gland tumour that affects his cortisol levels. He now needs daily medication to control the symptoms and ensure he can live comfortably.

Cushing’s disease causes old Charlie’s coat to grow very thick all year round. As a Welsh Section A pony, bred for far cooler northern climates, we find poor Charlie struggles quite a lot in Spain’s hot summer.

Charlie in Nov 2015 photo by Eckhard Strittmatter

Charlie in Nov 2016 photo by Koren Helbig

During the sweltering months here, we shower him several times a day, clip him regularly and he even has his own personal stable fan at night. This is where your donated money goes – towards keeping golden oldies like Charlie comfortable and content.

These days Charlie lives a very happy life in our pony field with his best friend Lucky. Little Lucky is literally like Charlie's shadow; every step Charlie takes, Lucky does in unison. They literally move together everywhere throughout the day, a strong friendship that is a delight to watch.

Charlie and Lucky on May 21 2017 photo Elaine Warnock

As a non-profit foundation staffed almost entirely by volunteers, we rely on your donations to continue our work to save ponies like Charlie, and to cover their ongoing feeding and care costs. Find out how you can help here.

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