Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre newsletter

Nine years and more than 137 equines...

Let us first start by saying a very belated happy new year to all of you. 2017 marks the ninth year since Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre was unwittingly created with the rescue of Luceiro

Nine years and 137 horses, ponies and donkeys later – that's at least one life saved (and often more) every single month – we're amazed at the progress we've made towards animal welfare in Spain. We also pinch ourselves daily at the continued support we receive from people like you. Without our supporters, we never could have lasted this long. Thank you for believing in our work.

We have lots of incredible things planned for the year, so please read on. Get involved if you can – we would be delighted to spend time with you and work together to ensure that Easy Horse Care is here for another nine(ty) years.

Upcoming events:

March 4: Fundraising burlesque dance event 
Talented dancer Mary Shameena has organised this special event at Torrevieja to raise money for our rescued equines. The show begins at 8pm and tickets cost just €7, with one drink included. 

March 5: Free Open Day from 1pm to 4pm
Tour the rescue centre, meet our animals and hear their incredible survival stories, then stop for a snack or drink in our cafe afterwards. Don't forget to use the hashtag #easyhorsecare on social media so we can see all of your beautiful photos! 

March 11 & 12: Equine Shiatsu Introductory Course
Join us on a fundraising two-day equine Shiatsu introductory course - the first of its kind in Spain. Only nine places are still available!

Three new rescues

December 26: Dulce Dawn

This donkey, who we rescued with help from San Javier police, was cruelly hobbled with rope and left to stand alone without shelter throughout torrential rainfall. Her front legs bear scarring where she's been hobbled, probably for most of her life, and she was very malnourished. But she's a lovely girl, hence her name – "dulce" means sweet in Spanish.

December 27: Red and Ruby

Just a day later, another call from San Javier police, this time to rescue two ponies found wandering the road. Red arrived as a little stallion (he's since been castrated) with a deformed hoof and some of the worst teeth we've seen. Ruby was looking very poorly but had a big bloated belly​ – either pregnant or full of worms. Time will tell.

Current volunteering opportunities:

We're always in need of some extra pairs of hands to help us out with all things Easy Horse Care related. Here are some of our latest volunteer positions that need fulfilling:

Horse groomers: We are looking for volunteers who can regularly spare a few hours to brush and groom our equines. Grooming is a lovely peaceful way of whiling away a few hours outdoors while directly helping improve the wellbeing of our rescued animals.

TranslatorsNow that the Spanish version of our website is up and running, we want to share more of our equines' incredible survival stories with Spanish-speakers. To do so we need help translating their tales from English to Spanish.

PhotographerWe are looking for a photography whizz to create beautiful images of our rescued horses, ponies and donkeys. We want to celebrate their incredible survival stories with high-quality and compelling photographs that will also be used to represent our rescue centre to the world.

Marketing and Fundraising Coordinator: A marketing and fundraising champion is needed to help us raise money for critical centre upgrades and desperately-needed farming equipment. We now care for more than 100 rescued horses, ponies and donkeys, yet most of our heavy lifting around the stables is done by hand. We are in dire need of a tractor and trailer plus a dumper truck, and have several critical upgrade projects pending as we need a new mini digger to conduct the work.

For more information about these positions, including how to apply, please click here.

The great wall of Rojales continues

Our new secure boundary wall is moving ahead in leaps and bounds! The first 50m stage is almost done and Rod's now building the foundations for stage two. Thank you to everyone who donated last year to make this important facility upgrade a success. (More on the project here.)

Charity shop update:

Our six charity stores are currently looking a bit bare and we need your help to restock them. We're especially looking for donations of good-quality furniture, electrical items and white goods (which must be in working order).

We offer a pickup service for large items – phone Sue on 652 021 980 to arrange collections. We also offer a delivery service for items bought in-store.

Easy Horse Care heroes

A big thank you to the incredibly generous gesture made by family of the late Walter Stewartson, who passed away on January 14. His family kindly donated the €230 collected at his funeral to our rescue centre – that's enough to cover the hay costs of one horse for almost five months. Thank you so very much.

Read more stories of our #easyhorsecareheroes here.

Happy birthday

February 5: Valentino turned five this month. 

We rescued his parents, Gin and Tonic, back in July 2011 from some of the worst conditions we've ever seen animals kept in. 

Incredibly, Gin gave birth to a healthy foal seven months later, in the early hours of February 15, 2012. We initially called him Valentine but after closer inspection changed the name to Valentino – because "she" was actually a he!

Read more about Valentino here.

We survived two floods in one month

It's been a wet and wild winter in Spain, with two extreme weather events passing through recently – it even snowed in Rojales for the first time in 100 years!

We were hard hit by flooding both at Christmas and then again last month. Thank you to everyone who helped us replace our winter hay stocks lost to the awful weather. Just €5 buys one entire bale of alfalfa.

Getting to know Blanca

Each newsletter we like to share a little information about one of our beautiful equine residents...

Blanca was rescued in July 2011. She was found with no food or water and was malnourished. Her legs are ruined from mistreatment and she requires specialist shoeing to prevent her from going lame, but she's a very happy girl, the boss of her field and always keen to say hello to any human friends that might pass by.

You can read Blanca's full rescue story here or sponsor her continued care here. 

As always, thank you.

To all our wonderful supporters here in Spain and across the world, thank you. With your help and support, we are making huge steps forward for animal welfare in Spain.

With best wishes,

Sue and Rod Weeding,
Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre co-founders
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