Help us save Putting in the Magic Pony Sanctuary

We need your help.

Over the past eight years, we have created a place of safety for abused ponies. We have never said no to a pony in need. But that will change unless you can help us.

Now we need your help –and we need it urgently because our landlord has given us Notice to Quit at the end of June this year as he wants to sell the property. We have tried to negotiate with him but our pleas have fallen on deaf ears

So we are raising funds to buy it ourselves but we can’t do it without your support.

 We rescued our first pony, a Shetland foal abandoned by the roadside, in 2014. Since then 38 ponies have come through our doors, of which 22 have been rehomed and 4 have been euthanised because of illness or injury. There are currently 12 in our care. We think we’ve done a good job.

Ponies like little Frances, a 42 year old shetland, found tied to a tree outside a primary school in Dublin, being stoned and punched and kicked by children until she fell to the ground, terrified out of her wits, while people passed by on their way to work and did nothing. 

Ponies like Reginald Goatpony, found tied with blue rope to an electric gate on an industrial estate, so that every time the gate opened he had to walk with it. By the time somebody stopped to help him, his legs were tangled up in the rope and he had severe, infected abrasions on his back and belly, which required veterinary attention. He, too, found his way to us.

Ponies like Lorenzo, a tiny 3 month old shetland foal, whose back feet were shod with ill fitting shoes, who was put into harness and beaten down the road pulling a trap carrying 5 big lads. Lorenzo arrived in the middle of the night, depressed and bewildered, with a cough, an eye infection and damaged hind legs. He was so small, he was transported here in the back of a jeep.

Ponies like Ernie and Sinbad, both crippled with laminitis, and surrendered to us last year, who would have died a painful, lonely death without us. 

Ponies like MacDonald who was advertised on Done Deal for €60 where, luckily, a supporter of Putting in the Magic saw him and bought him and brought him to us. For the next 3 months he was hand reared on 4 hourly milk feeds. He is now 6 years old, a healthy,happy cob who has recently been adopted.

We utilise our skills as Equine Massage Therapists, Craniosacral Therapists and Energy Healers to provide specialised care for ponies that nobody else wants. The ones who have given so much and once unable to give any more are cast aside to die a lonely death. Some ponies are lucky enough to find a good home but many will probably never be rehomed because they are too damaged, physically or psychologically. 

If we do not raise the money, the sanctuary will close and these ponies will face a very uncertain future. Ponies like Frances, Ernie and Sinbad may have to be euthanised. Ponies that we might have saved in the coming years will not be saved.

Please help us to continue saving ponies by donating whatever you can afford. Your contribution will bring us closer to our goal. 
You can also donate via our website: 

Be a part of our story. Be a part of our ponies’ lives.

Spread our story far and wide so that we may provide a safe haven for the ponies that live here and continue to take in others that need our help.

                                                                                                                                                    I shall

                                                                                                                                               Gather up

                                                                                                                                         All the lost souls

                                                                                                                                 That wander this earth

                                                                                                                              All the ones that are alone

                                                                                                                             All the ones that are broken

                                                                                                                   All the ones that never really fitted in

                                                                                                                                 I shall gather them all up

                                                                                                                                   And together we shall

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