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About Us

St Mary's Horse Refuge is a registered charity located in Hawkwell, Essex, a few miles from Southend on Sea. The charity's founder, Digby Saunders, had been taking in horses and ponies in need of care for nearly 30 years with little help and no funding. By the early 2000s it was time to take action and in 2003 the horse refuge was established as a charity. Our horses and ponies have come to us for many reasons: some have been neglected, some need special medical care, others are enjoying their twilight years with us. St Mary's Horse Refuge gives its loveable horse and pony residents a happy, healthy life they can enjoy. Our registered charity number is 1101405.

What's happening at St. Mary's?

You'll see our small ponies are taken into their stables a bit earlier at the moment. The fresh grass can make them prone to laminitis so we have to carefully control their feed. Parsley has been sponsored this week: thank you to Mark. Treacle also has a new sponsor: thank you to Claire. And thank you to Betty for her donation of carrots and sponsorship of Cindy.

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