Not enough space, time, money for an animal of your own?

Let our “Virtual Adoption” Programme solve your problem

For a mere €10.00 per month you can virtually adopt one of our “long-termers” listed below

Why these animals?

For one reason or another, usually health and/or age related, it is deemed that they need to stay in our care for the foreseeable future and so with your support we can ensure that their stay here gives them everything they need, everything they would get were they in homes of their own 🙂

If you would like to “Virtually Adopt” one of them please email and she will send you a Standing Order Form or you can download one here – BAR Standing Order Form




Echo is a Newforest Pony who is 21yrs old

Echo came to us from Cottage Rescue, in 2007.

He was in horrific condition when Hannah, of Cottage Rescue, found him but luckily for him they worked their ‘magic’ on him and after several months he had made a full physical recovery.

A cruelty case was brought against Echo’s owner and he was successfully prosecuted for cruelty by the judge. Cottage Rescue were highly commended by the judge for the great job they did in bringing Echo back to full health and for all the work they do for other animals.



Jack, Retired Riding Centre HorseJack in snow

Having spent his life being used for lessons, trekking, hunting, etc Jack eventually reached the stage of “retirement seeker”.

At some point in his life, he had an accident in a horsebox which resulted in him needing veterinary treatment on his pelvis/left hip, despite this he continued to be able for riding but now in his “twenty-somethings” he is happy to spend his days hanging out in our fields with his equine friends.

We had thought to leave him available for rehoming as a companion to another horse but at 15’2 he is bigger than what people want as a companion.

Would you like to sponsor Jack’s retirement and help us ensure we can give him all he needs in his twilight years?


Our Sweet Itch Ladies Would Love Your Support

Here’s hoping that their futures are bright, long, happy & healthy … perhaps you might consider “virtually adopting” them to help us with the costs involved for their sweet itch treatments, feed, etc.

If you would like to know more about what sweet itch is you can find information here

Coffee the Little Shetland PonyCoffee

Coffee arrived into our care, in June 2015, following a phone call from caring people who noticed that she was in need of medical attention.  Upon arriving at Coffee’s location for her to be examined there was no doubt that she was very much in need of help … thanks to the person who abandoned her with two donkey stallions.

So she was rescued and rehabilitation commenced … why is it likely that she will now remain at BAR?  Well sadly the physical damage that the donkeys caused means that she has a permanent deformity in the area under her tail so her health will need monitoring for the foreseeable future.

coffee sweetitch 9-8-15Coffee unfortunately also suffers from sweet itch 🙁  We were hoping initially that the scratching was just as a result of the huge lice burden she had but sadly it was not.  In time we hope to find the product that works for Coffee to give her relief from the itching but until then like previous sweet itch victims that have come into our care it will be a case of trial & error until we find the product which will work best for her.

Coffee is a lovely little mare who is still a bit apprehensive about being handled but we are sure with time she will come to realise that she has no need to fear us.




Coco waiting for her manicure


Coco, 10h pony mare

Our second sweet itch lady, Coco, is 19 years old.

On an average summer/autumn evening we have no problem finding Coco as she has selected her own spots for hiding from midges, one of them strangely is under trees in the woods but if they are very bad she has a shed she retreats to.

At the beginning of ‘midge season’ each year Coco will cooperate fully with having creams put on her but after a few weeks she gets too twitchy and does not want to be annoyed by humans carrying tubs of cream so we only intervene if we see she has broken her skin.

As your typical small pony she has only to look at grass to put on weight so we do keep a close eye on her in case she shows any signs of developing laminitis but so far so good.

“Lord Voldesnort Tells No Porkies”


Lord Voldesnort, better known to his friends as Val, is one of our potbelly pigs.  Why is he in our Virtual Adoption section?  Simply put, despite his rather grand name, he gets bullied by more dominant pigs and he also needs extra tlc to keep an eye on his weight as he looses it faster than he gains it.

We have no idea what age Val is but he does act like an older man a lot of the time.  He loves his food and his house is only shared with his 3yr old son, Rodge.

Val loves getting a good scratch and when undisturbed by other animals will lie down & roll over to get his stomach scratched too.  He is a real sweet heart and with your help we can continue giving him the best care possible.


More “Virtual Adoption” Animals may be added should another one be deemed unsuitable for rehoming


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