Our mission is to rescue and rehabilitate abused, neglected and abandoned horses, ponies and donkeys, whilst 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.

We are the only officially registered horse rescue centre foundation in Spain.

Beaten and Starving Mare Rescued From Death

A severely injured and thin old mare, who was being beaten by thugs in southern Spain, has been placed with the non-profit-making Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre at Rojales.

San Javier Police called co-founders Sue and Rod Weeding on March 9th after rescuing the equine and taking her to the municipal vehicle depot.

Although local police are trying hard to protect animals, they simply don’t have any facility to house large seized animals, so without Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre, this poor horse would have been put to sleep. The old girl has horrendous spinal scars caused by an ill-fitting saddle and her spine is deformed because she was ridden very hard from a young age.

After a close examination, the centre’s equine veterinarian Dorothea Dudli von Dewitz has estimated that the equine is about 23 to 25 years old. Sue has called her Beauty because she’s surely never been told that she’s beautiful.

Beauty’s suspensory ligaments have lost elasticity and are collapsing down. She’s also in desperate need of a good hoof trim. The centre’s 113th resident will require a pair of special shoes to relieve her old legs.

Sue called on the local community to help cover the hefty costs of Beauty’s rehabilitation, saying the rescue centre’s animal welfare work can only continue with public support as it receives no government funding at all. Donations can be made at www.easyhorsecare.net/donate/one-off-donation or monthly sponsorship set up (from just €5 a month) at www.easyhorsecare.net/donate/sponsor-a-horse

Beauty is settling well. She’s enjoying her food and, although still nervous around people, already looks brighter. The nightmare is over for this old girl – the centre’s official grandma – who will spend the rest of her life surrounded by love and care.

“How on Earth could we have said ‘no’ to saving this poor old soul?” Sue questioned.

Donors Band Together To Help Equine Rescue Centre Raise €12,000 To Replace Broken Mini Digger

Generous donors from around the world have helped the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre raise €12,000 to replace a key piece of machinery needed to run the equine sanctuary.

Rod Weeding has been forced to complete many gruelling tasks by hand since the mini digger broke down last year

When the centre’s ageing mini digger broke down completely last June, 68 year-old co-founder Rod Weeding’s life became instantly more gruelling. Without the mini digger, Rod was forced move large hay bales, pile up manure and dig knee-deep trenches, all by hand. The hard work has been physically punishing, but not even this has stopped the Rojales centre from being a sanctuary for 113 rescued equines who have found a forever home and are now tended with love and care.

The non-profit centre launched its campaign to raise €12,000 for a replacement second-hand mini digger last August. That effort was immediately bolstered by a major donation from Elche’s Fundación Juan Perán – Pikolinos, the first such grant the centre had ever received. Easy Horse Care then dedicated its 2018 fundraising equine calendar to the campaign, reprinting it three times, raising €3,000.

Rod Weeding with some of the centre’s rescued equines

After eight long months of fundraising, Sue and Rod were astounded to this month receive a surprise €2,000 donation from Germany’s Epona Foundation for Horse and Environment, finally hitting the overall €12,000 fundraising target.

Sue said “We wish to say thank you to all – to the elderly pensioner who visited our centre to contribute €500, to the man who knocked on our door to donate €15 and apologise for not being able to give more, to the volunteers who gave their time to design the beautiful limited-edition 2018 calendar, to the students, parents, children and everyone who helped – thank you!”

The second-hand mini digger will become Rod’s ‘right hand’, speeding up his work for the many upcoming maintenance tasks required, such as building new field shelters for the rescued horses, ponies and donkeys.

The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre relies entirely on donations to fund its important animal welfare work, including the feeding and care of the centre’s more than 100 horses, ponies and donkeys rescued from abuse, neglect and abandonment. Donations of cash or items for the centre’s network of six charity shops across the Alicante province are gratefully welcomed. A pick-up service is available to collect large donated items such as furniture and each shop offers a delivery service for large items purchased in-store.

Anyone interested in making a donation, becoming a long-term sponsor, or volunteering at the rescue centre or in the charity shops can call Sue on 652 021 980.

The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre, located just outside Rojales at Partido Lo Garriga, 59, opens to the public on the first Sunday of every month between 1pm-4pm. A free horse tour with centre co-founder Rod Weeding begins at 2pm and refreshments are available in the café. For more details and directions, visit www.easyhorsecare.net

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