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In 1986 , (Thorpe-le-Soken, Essex) without realising it the charity, which eventually, some 9 years later, was born. Later to be called White Horse Stables - Horse Rescue.
A little palomino mare named Megan, aged 3, was brought to our attention as needing care having been abandoned in a field close to where we kept our own horses. We took her in and cared for her until in 1987 we heard of some shetland ponies and donkeys who had been giving rides on the beach at Clacton-on-Sea in such poor condition that only one shetland (Gypsey) and one donkey (Honkey the Donkey) survived. Our then farrier, who had been called by the RSPCA, asked if we would take them in.
This we did
Also in 1987 we were preparing to change our lifestyle to remove to Wales and set up an equestrian and adventure centre taking with us our own horses the wonderful Mr. Lawrence, Tom Thumb, plus Megan, Gypsey and Honkey. After settling in Llangybi, nr Lampeter we purchased riding horses. However it soon became clear that there was a severe problem with abused and neglected horses and we started to take more of these in - Jasper, our super little jumping pony - he at only 12.2 hh had been made to take a 18 stone man hunting, the whip marks were still on his back.
Our little welsh ponies-foals taken to market and left to be sold for meat!!!! Shambles, Sam, Beauty and Guy, all needing care and a loving home.
In 1994 we left Wales and returned to England to Bexhill-on-Sea with our now 21 horses and ponies and set up a yard keeping them all under our care but having sponsors to help pay for their costs.
So 1995 saw the official registration of the charity after a suggestion from a member of Rother District Council.
In 1997 we had to expand our facilities to take on more rescues and took over Model Farm, Battle raising funds for the horses and ponies in our care at Bexhill.
2005 on the move again this time to our equestrian centre where we amalgamated both yards in Bexhill and Battle to hopefully reduce costs. However, it never seems to happen as the more facilities the more horses we seem to accumulate. It is very difficult to turn away a horse or pony, and in fact we never turn away a battered, abused or neglected equine.
To the present day where, although most of our original rescue horses have gone to the great gallops in the sky, we still have in our care 28 horses ranging from 3 years to 30 years of age which are the main responsibility of the charity.
PLEASE HELP US TO HELP THEM.