Welcome to Blue Acre
We are a registered charity, dedicated to the rescue, care, rehabilitation and, where possible, re-homing of abused, neglected or abandoned horses and ponies.
We aim to rehabilitate and rehome as many of the horses we take in as possible but many of them come from an abused or neglected background which, in most cases, we have no knowledge of. All we really know is that we have a very scared and unhappy horse on our hands.
Our team work very hard to restore their faith in human beings at base level then allow them to grow and flourish in our care and ascertain whether they can be brought on to be ridden or, due to physical, mental or age-related issues, need to remain here for the duration of their lives or possibly be rehomed purely as companion horses.
Our horses all live outside 24/7 as one huge herd - it really is a rare sight to see so many horses in one group, just enjoying “being horses” as they would be in the wild.
The charity was started in 2002 by Caron North and Bob Regan on a 42-acre site on Ham Island, Old Windsor. It started with Caron’s own horse, Raffles, who was soon joined by a rescued horse called Blue (who we are named after) and today we have more than 50 rescues in our care. Caron has been around horses all her life and her love of horses and knowledge of every aspect of their care is what enables the charity to exist today.
Something also worth a mention is that our sanctuary is not limited to just horses and we also care for 4 sheep, 3 goats, 2 pigs, 5 rescue dogs and quite a few cocks, chickens and ducks.
We run on a small core team of four, with a wonderful support network of volunteers all of which dedicate their time for free. We are always looking for new volunteers to help with any and every aspect of the operation – maintenance of the farm (handymen always needed); fund raising; grooming or even just spreading the word of what we do.
Funds are generated by public donation; from events we hold / attend; grants (rare) and from a sponsorship programme where people can sponsor one or more of the horses and ponies from as little as £15 per month.
In terms of our running costs – it might help to indicate how every single penny helps:
A bag of feed costs £8
A small bale of hay costs £4; a large one £40
A foot trim for those without shoes £15
A set of shoes £60
A wormer costs from £10 to £20
Annual vaccinations are £40
Teeth examination by a vet is upwards of £90
As you can imagine veterinary costs can be huge and soon mount up
It is a constant challenge for us to survive and at times we thought we wouldn’t, but our story continues as does our future with Blue Acre.
If you are able to help us raise funds or can afford a small donation then please get in touch.
We would be very grateful if you can follow us on facebook as we regularly post current information and charity announcements on there. If you wouldn’t mind sharing our page and tagging your friends / anyone that might be interested in what we do that would be greatly appreciated.
If you would like to talk to us about anything at all then please head to our contact page and one of our team will get straight back to you.
Caron North: Co-founder, yard manager
Bob Regan: Co-founder and farm maintenance
Veanne Filkins: Rehoming and Rehabilitation Adviser
Sue Turner: Fundraising Manager
Thank you for taking the time to look at our website. It means a great deal to us when people take an interest in what we do