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From the Horse's Mouth Spring 2022 Issue of the E-newsletter of The Racehorse Sanctuary.



Yes, thanks to your support: The Racehorse Sanctuary has survived the trials and tribulations of Covid so far. Best of all, our horses have thrived during this Winter.

Thank you so much to our generous friends and supporters for helping raise over £10,000 towards our Second Chance Appeal and to keep the Sanctuary financially viable this Winter, through very difficult times.

Now, our valiant front-line team at Mulsey Farm, Nigel, Denise and Sophie, are starting to see the benefits of Spring, with some sunshine for the horses to enjoy and the growth of fresh grass in the paddocks. We can now all look forward to the future with more confidence.

Here are Dudley Allen 27 Kingsley Vale 28 and the Goodwood Cup winner Jardines Lookout 26 years old having a scratch in the sun feeling and looking good.

Meanwhile, your trustees are focussed on boosting our fundraising efforts to make up for two years of lost revenue from cancelled events. With the help of the volunteer back-office team they are looking to plan and organise events for 2022. Watch this space for news of an Open Day at Mulsey farm, to which you will all be invited; please keep the provisional date of Saturday 10 September in your diaries – and plan primping your pooch, we are thinking of including a Dog Show. They are also planning for one of our ever-popular racedays, offering a great day out and providing a welcome source of income; please keep the provisional date of Wednesday 19 October at Fontwell Park in your diaries.

Mulsey Farm residents rugged up and enjoying some better weather!


The demand for riding horses is such that we have a priority requirement to install an all-weather sand school at Mulsey Farm.

AS the weather improves, we have launched our Summer Sand School Campaign to raise the £20,000 funds needed to provide an essential facility required for the rehabilitation of riding horses. Thanks to the Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust, we now have a horse walker under cover and with a small covered yard, we have coped, especially when the weather allows us to use the tracks around Mulsey Farm, as has been possible this Spring.

However, to work safely and efficiently whilst teaching thoroughbreds to transition from racing mode to enjoy riding for its own sake, we desperately need an all-weather sand school, with the bonus of providing a facility where potential new keepers can meet and bond with their matched horses. If you would like to help you can donate online towards the cost HERE.

News of our Horses

Thankfully despite Covid we have continued to be able to find homes for horses after assessment and rehabilitation by our team at Mulsey Farm, particularly for ridden horses.

At Christmas we reported that Illustrious Spirit had been found a great new home with Shonagh in Kent. Since then, Shonagh tells us that he is settling in well to his new home and enjoying his new life with her.

In an encouraging start to the 2022, Nigel reported that Opus Too had safely arrived at his new home with Steph, Pete and family in East Sussex. At last, this lovely horse has settled in a 5-Star home, one which all these old warriors deserve.

Next to find a new home was former Suzy Smith trainer hurdler Little Boy Boru, a 14-year-old bay gelding.

At the beginning of March, Nigel was able to post on Facebook: ‘Good luck to Michelle and Little Boy Boru - love at first sight!  Leaving the Racehorse Sanctuary this morning we didn't have him long, but we will miss him.  He's in good hands now with Michelle and we wish you both the happiest times together.’

Since Little Boy Boru moved to Hampshire to join her and her other horses, Michelle has posted news on Facebook.  This is what she had to say: ‘Little Boy Boru is settling in really well. Love this boy so much. He's been out 24/7 since Friday, came in today for bit of a pamper and walk in hand to get to know each other. He's a real diamond, thank you so much again for entrusting him to me.’

Now as we are starting to live with Covid, our Area Field Officers have been able to again visit in person the horses for whom the Sanctuary retains a duty of care.  As part of this process David was asked to stand in for our vacant AFO covering Buckinghamshire and to visit Oscars Well and his keeper Claudia.  David was fascinated to find Oscar based at a barefoot and back to nature natural track livery, where LEAF-qualified Claudia has involved him in her Equine Facilitated Learning practice.

Oscar has proved good at identifying and helping people who are grieving.  What really impressed was that his work has really benefitted Oscar, who from being anxious and head-shy when he joined Claudia, is now a happy laid-back character; he does not even turn a hair when a noisy Alpaca walk come by!  He is the only thoroughbred at the livery but has become a firm favourite with everyone.


Proposed workshops & From the Horse’s Mouth Summer issue

We are looking into the idea of sharing our expertise and the expertise of our partners with a wider audience, by holding workshops at Mulsey Farm. For example, our friends at Global Herbs in Chichester have volunteered to share the science behind their natural horse products. If there is a topic you would like to see covered, please call Catherine on 07810 453277 or e-mail her at

Look out for more horse news in our Summer 2022 newsletter. We would very much like to see more stories from the keepers of our rehomed horses, of their competition successes, what adventures they have had, or simply how they are enjoying life. We would particularly like to hear any stories, which underline how effective thoroughbreds can be relating to human partners for equine facilitated learning or therapy. If there is any topic you would like to see in From the Horse’s Mouth, please email David at

Meanwhile, last report from Mulsey Farm; Spring sunshine has turned to rain.  Here are Snowdrop, Lexi and In Deep all with rugs back on, with heavy showers forecast over the next couple of days.


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