West Sussex-based equestrian charity the Racehorse Sanctuary launch a new fundraising campaign for spring 2020. The Sick and Injured Horses Appeal is vital to help continue their vital work in an uncertain time.

14 years of securing the future of ex racehorses

The Racehorse Sanctuary was set up in 2006 with a very specific aim. The team wanted to give ex-racehorses the time and specialist attention they need to thrive in a new life. Sometimes, that means being assessed, re-schooled and then re-homed in a timely fashion. In other cases, where horses need to overcome physical or emotional issues, then they all get the time they need. 

The team that run the Racehorse Sanctuary is headed up by co-founders Graham Oldfield and Sue Collins. They take the time to get into a horse’s head and learn how it thinks. The Peter O’Sullevan High Dependency Unit was opened to take in the most complicated and injured horses, who require extensive rehabilitation to recover.

A careful approach which comes at a cost

The costs of taking this approach are high. The careful approach of the Racehorse Sanctuary and its team means horses are there for longer. If a complicated horse is happy at the Racehorse Sanctuary and a safe home cannot be found for them then they will stay there for life. But the veterinary bills of diagnosing, treating and then providing ongoing support to the residents of the Racehorse Sanctuary are eye-wateringly high. In the case of their poster boy Warrior, even after five years with the charity he still needs veterinary checks and specialist farriery to stay well.

ex racehorse receiving veterinary care

Meeting the costs of caring for sick and injured horses is a real and never-ending challenge. This spring, the Racehorse Sanctuary desperately need generous donors like you to support their work rehabilitating former thoroughbred racehorses. As the world faces uncertain times ahead, these old campaigners of the racecourse will still need to be cared for. If you want to help feed, care for them and provide veterinary attention then please donate.

The Racehorse Sanctuary will not give up on its sick and injured horses. Please head to their JustGiving page and donate as generously as you are able to help us to help them, for life