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.

It all began with a stallion locked in a filthy stable

We moved to Spain from England in 2001, aiming to slip into an easy sunshine-and-relaxation retirement.

But all that changed in 2008 with Luceiro, a two-year-old stallion we found locked in a filthy and dark stable, his left eye badly injured and rotting, hurling himself repeatedly against the bars of his stall as flies drove him crazy.

Unable to walk away from such a distressing case of animal cruelty, we brought Luceiro home to our own finca – and unwittingly created a much-needed horse rescue centre.

We set up our Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre near the little town of Rojales in the province of Alicante, along Spain’s Mediterranean coastline.

We now care for more than 90 horses, ponies and donkeys saved from abuse and neglect, plus a menagerie of other rescued animals, including dogs, cats, parrots, chickens, geese, Ernie the turkey and Isadora the pig.

We believe that when you love an animal, you fight to save it. They may be old crocks and broken down and disabled or whatever, but for the abuse they’ve suffered and survived, they deserve a second chance.

Some of our animal's remarkable survival stories have been told in this documentary.

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

Saving Faith the three-legged pony

Our rescue centre has attracted significant media attention both in Spain and abroad, particularly after our daring and difficult rescue of Faith the Pony, which pushed animal welfare into the public spotlight.

Faith became the first pony in Spain to be fitted with a prosthetic leg after her mutilated front leg had to be amputated.

In 2014, American publication Narratively ran a feature-length story on the rescue, entitled Saving an Amputee Pony Named Faith.

Faith's journey inspired Sue to write a series of children's books telling the stories of our rescued horses, aiming to raise awareness about animal abuse while generating additional funds to cover the centre's hefty running costs.

The first children’s book, Faith: Diary of a Heroic Horse, is now available via our free monthly open day.

Faith, the first pony in Spain to be fitted with a prosthetic leg

Lobbying against animal abuse in Spain

We are determined to help push for the better treatment of animals in Spain and constantly lobby authorities to change laws and punish those who abuse animals.

We believe the tipping point came in 2010 with the case of Captain and Hope, two skeletal horses left to die inside a pitch-black garage.

The dreadful condition of these horses attracted major media attention and amid intense community lobbying, police finally acted.

A man was later jailed in what is believed to be the first such prosecution in Spain – and authorities have been on our side ever since.

Two horses rescued from mistreatment by Spain's Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre.

How you can help lobby for animal welfare in Spain

The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre is the only officially registered horse rescue foundation in Spain. We are a non-profit foundation and rely solely on donations to fund our important work.

We offer loads of donation options, including one-off donations and horse sponsorships. All donations are tax deductible.

We also run a network of eight charity shops across the Alicante province, located in La Zenia, Los Montesinos, La Siesta, Ciudad Quesada, Guardamar, La Marina, Pilar de Horadada and Gran Alacant.

Donations of furniture, clothes and bric-a-brac to stock the shops are gratefully welcomed.

Every single cent donated or spent in our charity shops goes towards the hefty feeding and care costs of all our animals.

A herd of contented donkeys feeding at the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Spain.

Stay in touch for the latest on life at the horse rescue centre

If you’d like regular updates on the happy daily lives of our horses, our newest rescues and our animal welfare lobbying, please join our mailing list

You can also like our Facebook page, where we regularly post stories and pictures of all our animals.

Thank you for your support.

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

Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre co-founders Sue and Rod Weeding with Dexter the mule.

The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Spain at dawn.

"Maybe you can't change the world by saving one horse, but you can change the whole world for the horse that you save." – Sue Weeding, Easy Horse Care co-founder.

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