Horse charity close to breaking point appeals for adopters

A charity is appealing for help ahead of the winter after an influx of rescue ponies to their sanctuary.

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South West Equine Protection (SWEP), a small charity based in Devon, is looking for people who can offer a home for their rescue horses, after a number of ponies recently returned to the yard, pushing their numbers to breaking point.

SWEP was formed over 20 years ago to care, maintain and monitor the welfare of the semi-feral ponies of the moors. They also work to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome ponies in need of care.


Any ponies that are adopted from the centre go with a contracted agreement that, if for any reason the loan home is unable to care for the pony, it can be returned back to SWEP to safeguard the ponies’ future.

This year, a large number of ponies returning has put huge pressure on the land and grazing available.

The charity is hoping to make room ahead of the annual Moorland Pony Drifts, where horses and ponies are rounded up from the moors and sold. 

A spokesperson for SWEP said: “If we’re unable to make room, many of the foals on the moor will face an uncertain future.

"The annual Moorland Pony Drifts will arrive soon. If the foals aren't sold, they're at risk of being culled. 

“We have a large selection of ponies that are ready to further their career under the saddle or as companions.

“Their qualities including hardiness, resilience and their wonderful temperament make them a fantastic children's riding pony.”

You can view all the ponies looking for new homes on the website at

If you can offer a pony a home, contact SWEP on or call 01822 854823

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