The Bleakholt Stables 2019-02-27T13:27:13+00:00

7 February 2019 – Due to the recent outbreak of Equine Influenza in the UK, we have taken the precautionary decision to close the stables section to all members of the public until further notice.

Our residents are not affected by this outbreak, but we’re keeping a very close eye on them.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

The Bleakholt Stables

Bleakholt is not just a Sanctuary for animals that can be rehomed. We also provide a loving and safe environment for the retirement of a large number of Equine and Farm animals. Equines have resided at Bleakholt since the very beginning and unlike most of our other animals, our stables provide a permanent home for almost 40 equine residents.

These beautiful animals, all suffering some form of ill health, a behavioral issue, abuse or abandonment, have found themselves in need of sanctuary and whatever their circumstances their welfare is our primary concern. Our caring and knowledgeable staff provide round the clock care for all of our Horses, Ponies, Donkeys and Mule, ensuring that they remain as fit, happy and well as possible for the remainder of their lives.

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With the help of our dedicated supporters we strive to continually improve the accommodation and facilities and in recent years we have even been able to produce a large quantity of our own winter feed.

However, just because our equines are retired and many are no longer rideable, it doesn’t mean that they don’t do anything! Horses are highly intelligent animals and require mental stimulation along with treatments for their medical or behavioral problems. As a result, our staff engage them in a number of activities, from clicker training to harness work, Pirelli to gymnastic exercises. We now have an Equine Arena which is invaluable for the correct stimulation for our residents.

If you need to re-home your horse/donkey you can complete this form and we will consider your application. Please note that we cannot accommodate any horses over 15.3hh

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What’s happening at the stables

In giving all our equine animals a happy home, we are ready to transform their quality of life and to give them the chance they need for a happy and fulfilling life at Bleakholt. In return of course, we get plenty of loving back and they never cease to amuse us in the process!

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One highly important factor to give consideration to is grass growth. As the days begin to warm up and soil temperatures rise, fresh rich grass shoots will emerge. Horses who suffer from Laminitis, those with Equine Metabolic syndrome and any good-doers (like our Elliot) should be closely monitored when going out to graze. Grazing may need to be restricted. The use of electric fencing, grazing masks or only allowing a few hours of grazing each day are often found to be effective methods. Horse owners should consider carefully which method would best suit their individual horse and situation.





As the days become warmer you may need to swap your heavyweight turnout and indoor rugs for lighter ones, but remember that spring can still have a lot of unpredictable weather and chilly nights! Any rugs no longer being used should be washed, repaired and re-proofed as necessary, ready for use next autumn/winter.

Winter can be a very difficult time for equines and their owners, the nights get dark fast and the weather can create any number of additional problems. That’s why all horse owners should be prepared for the months ahead by ensuring that they are winter ready.

The cold weather may mean that your equine needs to wear a rug whilst out in the field, in the stable or both. You should make sure that you have sufficient rugs to allow one to be being worn whilst the other is being cleaned, dried or repaired. Similarly you should ensure that you have rugs of different thicknesses to allow you horse to be comfortable whatever the temperature. A horse wearing a rug needs to be checked thoroughly a number of times per day to ensure that the rug is in a good, safe condition and that it is not leaking etc. Extra care needs to be taken to ensure that the horse is thoroughly checked underneath their rug too as weight loss or injuries may not be noticed when the rug is worn.

The cold wintery weather will mean that your horse is more likely to require additional forage whilst in the field. Owners need to consider what forage they will provide, the safest way to provide it and that they have a good supply or stock of that forage so that they won’t run out if bad weather prevents a delivery.

Shelters should be checked to ensure they are in a good state of repair and adequate for the horses who use them, water troughs should be checked a number of times daily for ice or leaks, putting a ball in the trough may prevent ice forming too thickly.

Bad weather may not only prevent deliveries from reaching your yard but it may also prevent horse owners themselves from reaching the yard. Owners should make an emergency plan with a suitable person (often another owner) so that in the event of an accident or bad weather situation their horse will be taken care of until the owner can resume the care themselves.

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