For nearly 10 years we have struggled to make our rented farm our home. When we arrived there was hardly any grass for our horses, the fields were not adequately fenced, there was no water in most of them, the barn was so full of junk we could not see a square meter of flooring and there was broken Poly tunnel in most of the fields. However we could see potential. Our landlord promised to properly fence it, put water in the fields and remove the dangerous polytunnel pipes that were everywhere. With this in mind we started clearing the fields and making the barn a useable space. We had to buy our own electric fencing because of the lack of perimeter fencing, we put water into the fields, paid for the land to be reseeded, rolled and harrowed. This was all done with no or very little help from our landlord. Its taken years but this year we thought was going to be the year we made it, the year we finally had most things we needed. But today (13/03/21) we had devastating news! In a time that all charities are struggling to keep their head above water, our landlord(s) has decided that he wants to take back the land. The land we have worked so hard on and made our home, With being unable to do any fundraising events this could not have come at a worse time.
We have been able to continue our much needed work, due to the amazing supporters donating temporary land for us to use, so we are working out of 4 different sites at the moment , but we are still working.
We have a dream to buy our own land so this never happens again. You never know what may happen when you put yourself out there and ask for help! Any donation large or small is always gratefully received. We rely on your support and every penny makes a difference. We now have a sanctuary savings account and all spare money will be put in there towards our dream.
We thank you all for your positive words and are very grateful to be blessed with such amazing supporters.
Thank you again Sharon and all the team ❤️
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Hoofbeats is run entirely by a small team of regular and part-time volunteers, all dedicated to the rehabilitation of our horses. Everyone is here because they love horses and work entirely voluntarily, meaning no-one is paid. You can be rest assured that all monies raised and/or donated goes directly where it is needed…horse welfare .
Our Founder Sharon Vieira took in her first unwanted horse when she was just 19 years old. As her endeavours grew, Sharon formed Hoofbeats in 2000 which later became a registered charity in December 2009. Passionate about tailoring a horse's rehabilitation to each individual horse, we use a range of retraining methods at Hoofbeats.
We offer a sanctuary for the recovery, retraining and rehoming of horses & ponies, who live as naturally as possible in mixed herds. Our primary aim is to permanently re-home our equines to approved and monitored permanent loan homes (usually in the South West area), taking the time it takes to find the perfect match.
Any donation large or small is always gratefully received. We rely on your support and every penny makes a difference and will be spent on the horses and ponies in our care.