Seven Acre is a family-run sanctuary based in Catfield near Battle, rescuing abandoned and neglected horses and ponies. Tabitha Jones is the yard manager and works with her mum and a team of volunteers. They sacrifice a lot so that the horses get what they need. Tabitha and her mother spend large amounts of their own money to keep things running. 

Hazel Cake is a local resident and self employed complementary therapist working with animals and people, who volunteers at the Sanctuary. She says the staff “help to rehome horses every year and do a magical job with them. Especially some who have come in that are terrified of humans, they end up becoming the most loving towards humans after Tabitha has worked with them!” 

Recently the Sanctuary rescued Victor, a two-year-old blinded by cataracts. Tabitha says “He always cocks his head to the side when you talk to him as he’s trying to figure out where you are. The only time he’s outside is mucking out time. He is so intelligent bless him and deserves the chance to have one good eye”. They’re currently raising money to pay for the operation to have one of these cataracts removed, as without the operation the horse might well need to be put to sleep. The cost of the operation is around £3,250 and the Sanctuary has already spent nearly £400 on the consultation that recommended it. 

Seven Acres also needs regular funding to pay for key maintenance works which, left unfinished, can take hours out of a working day by creating extra labour for Tabitha and the team. 

Help raise funds at the following link:

• Check out the Sanctuary’s website or Facebook page.

Facebook @SevenAcreHorseSanctuary2010

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