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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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!

  • 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.



Nelson in September 2017 photo Elaine Warnock

Rescued: October 10, 2010

One autumn day we received an urgent call from Almoradí police to rescue two miniature ponies. Armed officers accompanied us to the scene, urging us to hurry as it was a dangerous situation – we needed to get the ponies out quickly before their owners returned.

We found the minis, who we later named Napoleon and Nelson, in a terrible state of starvation. What’s more, across a narrow pathway we unexpectedly found another two starving horses tied up – young Jacob and his mum Sophia, already pregnant with another foal. (She later gave birth at our rescue centre to a healthy filly, who we named Katy-Rose.)

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We had only expected to rescue the two minis, but thankfully, a volunteer had accompanied us with a transit van. We quickly loaded the big horses into our waiting horse trailer and the minis into the back of the transit van. An unconventional solution, but it did the job!

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Concerned about repercussions from the horses’ owners, police advised us to place Nelson, Napoleon, Sophia and Jacob in hiding for several months until they gained enough weight to be less recognisable.

However, we very quickly had to bring Nelson to our centre, as he was in such a dreadful state that he needed urgent specialist veterinary treatment.

Nelson was extremely dehydrated, malnourished and covered in ticks and fleas. But worst of all, he had a severe and very painful eye infection, caused by thorn that had actually pierced his right eye. It had gone untreated, causing the eye to wither and dry up like a prune.

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The only option left open to our equine veterinarian Dorothea was to surgically remove Nelson’s eye, freeing him from pain and allowing the eye socket to heal properly. We also castrated Nelson, as we do with all stallion rescues.

Nelson in September 2017 8 photo Elaine Warnock

Over time, Nelson made an excellent recovery. He is a very strong little horse and is turned out every day with our other miniatures.

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Nelson very quickly paired up with sweet little Magic, who we had rescued from almost certain death a year earlier. Funnily enough, Magic lost her right eye, too! This little one-eyed pair of ponies are now always together, a beautiful and long-lasting friendship that continues to flourish today.

Nelson and Magic 10th April 2017 1 photo Elaine Warnock

Nelson and Magic 10th April 2017 2 photo Elaine Warnock

Nelson and Magic in December 2013

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

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