Twelve stunning photographs of horses, ponies and donkeys rescued from abuse and
neglect feature in a new 2019 calendar launched by Spain’s Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre
The non-profit Rojales rescue centre – which has more than 120 equine residents and has
saved 16 horses, ponies and donkeys this year alone – hopes the calendar sales will help
raise funds to replace its deteriorating and costly internal fences.
“Our internal fencing is currently made almost entirely of electric fence tape held up by
plastic posts. While this type of fencing is safe for our horses, the electric tape deteriorates
rapidly in the hot Spanish sun, requiring constant replacement,” centre co-founder Sue
“Some cheeky horses have also learned to push over and snap the plastic posts. Each day,
we replace anywhere from five to 10 broken plastic posts – and at €3 each, the cost quickly
The centre hopes to raise €5,000 to complete stage one of its internal fencing replacement
project. For every three calendars sold, the centre will be able to purchase an entire metre
of strong and permanent Tornado Wire fencing.
The calendar features photos the centre’s horses, ponies and donkeys kindly taken and
donated by photographer Elaine Warnock.
Elaine said: “The 2019 calendar is a great way of raising awareness of how these animals
have been previously treated and the photos are a testament to how they have been cared
for and how beautiful they look today.”
The limited-edition calendar was designed by volunteer Koren Helbig, meaning almost every
cent raised from sales goes straight to the internal fence fundraiser. The calendar costs just
€15 and can be purchased at Easy Horse Care’s monthly open day or online
for delivery or pick-up from the centre’s charity stores. Donations can also be made directly
to the internal fencing fundraising campaign here: www.easyhorsecare.net/donate/help-
Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre relies entirely on donations to fund its important animal
welfare work. Good-quality furniture donations are currently sought for the centre’s charity
stores, which are low on stock. Anyone interested in making a donation or volunteering can
call Sue on 652 021 980.
Located just outside Rojales at Partido Lo Garriga, 59, the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre
opens to the public on the first Sunday of every month between 1pm and 4pm.
Visit www.easyhorsecare.net and follow us on Facebook at @EasyHorseCare.
Reports of 160 horses left to starve
Many of the animals in skeletal state
Almost 80 horses are being left to starve in a field near Albacete and another 80 are suffering the same fate in Murcia, according to reports received by the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Rojales this week.
Easy Horse Care co-founder Sue Weeding understands concerned residents in both areas have reported the neglect cases to police, but officers are hamstrung as no rescue centre has the funding or facilities to take so many horses at once.
“It’s crazy that everybody knows these animals are starving but nobody can do anything because there’s nowhere to put them, nowhere for these animals to be rescued to,” Sue said.
“Everybody’s wringing their hands wanting somebody to do something, but no one knows what to do – even the police don’t know.
“We just feel so frustrated. If we had the money and the facilities, we would be there in a heartbeat. I would do anything to get those horses out; but we need help. We need funding and we need space. If we had that, we could and would do it immediately.”
Residents from Caudete in Albacete are concerned about a breeding yard that is apparently failing to adequately feed its horses. Photographs seen by Easy Horse Care show extremely thin broodmares with malnourished, young foals at their sides.
It is believed that about 20 horses have not been fed properly for five months and are in an extreme state of malnutrition. Some mares are no longer able to produce milk for their foals. Three foals are reportedly so thin they can barely stand up. The other 60-odd horses appear to be in a slightly better condition but are being kept in filthy stables, constantly standing in their own faeces.
Sue said she had offered to take two horses – the maximum the sanctuary could house on top of its current 99 rescued horses, ponies and donkeys – but was told the horses’ owner was refusing to surrender his animals and police had not yet enacted a formal seizure order.
It is understood another 80 horses are suffering a similar fate on a property in Fortuna, near Murcia.
“It isn’t just the odd horse tucked away here and there. This is a huge problem and it’s going on all the while. As the crisis bites in, more and more animals are suffering and quite often in large groups, where breeders stick them out on the land and just keep the mares in foal,” Sue said.
“There has to be some sort of solution to these crises. This sort of thing just cannot go on, where there’s nowhere to place these animals. We urgently need to create a proper animal welfare system here, like those that exist in the UK and other European Union countries.”
The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre relies entirely on donations to fund its important animal welfare work. The centre will open free to the public on Sunday, 8th January from 1pm to 4pm. For more details and directions, please visit www.easyhorsecare.net.
Auction raises €1670 for rescued horses
A charity art auction benefitting abused and neglected horses living at the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre near Rojales has raised €1670 – enough to buy 335 bales of winter hay for the horses, ponies and donkeys.
Organised by volunteers Isabel Sodric and Koren Helbig, the Rescue Centre fundraiser included an online sale followed by a live auction at The October Press in Alicante on Saturday 26th November. Originals artworks donated by 28 artists from seven countries were sold to raise funds, with some pieces going to buyers living as far afield as Australia.
Easy Horse Care co-founder Sue Weeding said she was humbled by the response, which comes as the rescue centre enters the difficult winter and Christmas period when charity shop sales plummet and hay prices almost double to €5 a bale.
The Rojales-based sanctuary now cares for 99 horses, ponies and donkeys, after yet another skeletal horse was rescued just last Wednesday.
Sue said: “We are so grateful to receive this money, as it just gives us a bit of a push to keep going after a difficult year. A huge thank you goes to each of these artists, because having their support really has been so uplifting. Seeing such support roll in from all over the world has made us feel like people do value what we are doing and achieving.
“We are also so overjoyed to see so many Spanish people getting involved and wanting to be a part of improving animal welfare in their own country. What a positive end to the year.”
Isa and Koren said they were delighted to see so many people support the fundraiser both online and during the live auction, and that they hoped the money raised would help Easy Horse Care as it battled for funding during the quieter and colder winter months.
Supporters are reminded that the January open day date has changed to avoid falling on New Year’s Day. Instead, the centre will open for free to the public on the second Sunday of the month, 8th January from 1pm to 4pm. For more details and directions, please visit www.easyhorsecare.net. Rescue Centre co-founder Sue Weeding can also be contacted on +34 652 021 980 or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.