Sussex Horse Rescue Trust – rescuing equines for over 50 years
An article from our freinds at Sussex Horse Rescue Trust
Sussex Horse Rescue came into existence in 1964 dedicated to providing sanctuary for equines that have suffered neglect, horrendous cruelty or are simply unwanted. Initially the rescue centre was set up using borrowed grazing but the need was so great it soon began to outgrow the acreage available and new premises were needed – to raise the funds needed to continue the work Pauline Grant sold her home and the centre moved to Heron Farm in 1988. On the 2nd September 1987 Sussex Horse Rescue Trust was officially established as a registered charity with the Charity Commission. In 1994 the Trust moved to its current premises to accommodate our sadly ever increasing equine family – ideal in acreage some 162 acres, it was very run down and a considerable amount of work and money was needed to clear up and renovate buildings to create a safe, comfortable environment for all the animals in our care.
Sadly we take in equines who have suffered neglect and cruelty and come to us sometimes in very poor condition and untrusting of human contact. With the help of all our staff and professionals ie Vet, Dentist, Farrier we work at re-establishing the trust and it is very rewarding to see those animals grow into healthy equines who respond to human contact and enjoy being reintegrated with other similar equines safe and secure at Sanctuary in Uckfield. Sometimes people take on an animal with all good intentions but without any understanding of the costs or commitment involved. A Shetland pony came to us in the back of its owner’s car when having a pet in the garden became too much for her and we were asked if we would take him as he was very lonely on his own and he would have a friend here.
Receiving animals into sanctuary is not always an easy task – often as a result of a phone call from a concerned person – we have to go out and check on the animal, sometimes we cannot remove it immediately and have to arrange for constant monitoring whilst we follow the correct processes etc. Sometimes we are asked by the Police to pick up an animal that is loose on the road – often the animal is reclaimed by its owner a few days after it has arrived with no recompense for the expenses incurred by the Trust.
Unfortunately the need for this kind of Sanctuary continues to grow and there are very few sanctuaries around. Just maintaining the Sanctuary comes at substantial cost, feed – bedding – vet – farrier – dentist – staffing – building maintenance – utilities – the list is endless and trying to raise the funds is an ongoing struggle. We rely solely on the generosity of our supporters and the efforts of our fundraisers – as an animal sanctuary we are not entitled to any kind of lottery or similar grants.
We open to the public approx. 22 Sundays a year 11 am – 4 pm – an opportunity for you to visit and see some of our rescued equines, enjoy a cuppa in the tearoom or a browse around our Barn Shop. Our 2016 season starts on Easter Sunday 27th March – we very much look forward to seeing you.