Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre newsletter

Approaching double digits...

Can you believe it? Our rescue centre is almost 10 years old! We're currently planning some big celebrations to recognise our incredible 10-year milestone on October 22 – keep an eye on our Facebook page for details!

Rod and I moved to Spain planning to retire, rather than create an equine rescue centre, so reaching double digits is an incredible achievement ... though it hasn't been without hurdles.

Life at our rescue centre has undoubtedly changed for the better since the arrival of our new (well, secondhand) mini digger last month – a huge thank you to everyone who donated to make this major and much-needed purchase possible.
Click to watch our new mini digger in action!
But we're still juggling the financial needs of running our centre without government funding. It costs us a whopping €5,000 a week just to feed and house our rescues, and we're currently owing thousands of euros to suppliers (including €15,000 to our alfalfa hay provider). Plus, our 4x4 is broken and needing repairs.

If you can contribute, no matter the size, please donate today. Honestly, even just €5 adds up and makes a difference. We'd be ever so grateful.


Upcoming events:

Sunday September 2: 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.

Book a private tour: 
We now run private tours of our rescue centre in English, Spanish, Russian and French! For information about pricing and how to book, click here.

Don't forget to use the hashtag #easyhorsecarerescuecentre on social media so we can see all of your beautiful photos taken in our centre!

We'd also really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review on Trip Advisor afterwards.

Our latest rescue

August 6: Augustus

Augustus is a young man of 4 or 5 years of age, and was found tied to a fence on the side of the road with no food or water. A lovely English couple reported him to police, who then contacted us. 

He's now settled into his new life at our centre, is making friends and his wounds are healing well.

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.

But right now, we're in desperate need of stable volunteers who can help muck out fields and feed horses, as two of our workers have injured themselves and one is on holidays!

For more information on our volunteering positions, including how to apply, please click here.

Order your 2019 calendar now

It's back! Our hugely popular calendar is on sale again, and this time we're fundraising for much-needed internal fencing.

Our current electric fence tape fencing is held up by costly plastic posts that deteriorate rapidly in the hot Spanish sun, requiring constant replacement. By purchasing three calendars at $15 each, you'll allow us to buy an entire metre of strong and permanent Tornado Wire fencing.

Our calendars always sell out, so get in quick to ensure you don't miss out!


A story of healing and love

Did you read the love story of Annie and Fudge, featured in American publication, The Dodo? After literally bumping into each other, these two disabled ponies fell head over hooves in love and now spend each day and night together. Awww. You can read their beautiful story here.

Holiday at our rescue centre! 

Meet Johanna from Finland, who recently stayed with us on the Working Holiday Program.

"I really like the atmosphere and surroundings. Rod and Sue made me feel very welcome ... I most enjoyed spending time with these wonderful animals who are so kind and easy to approach, especially considering all the abuse and neglect they have been through," Johanna told us.

Interested in the program? We only have a few spots left this year – find out more and apply here.

Bobby's broken leg...

In early August, Bobby was found limping in his field, and an x-ray later revealed he had a fractured leg. He was taken to the Hospital Veterinario San Vicente in Alicante to have surgery at a cost of €2,000.

We were then blessed by two bouts of generosity and support, which still have us thanking our lucky stars. Firstly, the hospital decided to only charge us only half the actual cost, and then El Refugio del Burrito in Andalucia, a subsidiary of The Donkey Sanctuary in the UK, said they would pay the remaining €1,000 for Bobby’s operation!

We are so grateful for this support.

In loving memory...

It is with heavy hearts that we report the loss of our beautiful mare Goldie and miniature pony Red.
In late July we made the incredibly difficult decision to put our beloved Goldie to sleep. She was suffering severe laminitis and in unmanageable pain. We tried again with every treatment available, which had previously worked for her laminitis, but our darling was just suffering and there was nothing we could do. Read her full story here.
Our handsome mini, Red, underwent emergency surgery at San Vicente Veterinary Hospital after suffering weeks of undiagnosed intestinal problems. But, very sadly, he lost his fight to live, devastating both us and the veterinary staff. You can read more about Red's hospital procedure here, and his life story 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

(This newsletter was kindly compiled by volunteers Nicole Lutze and Koren Helbig.)
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