Horses & Ponies

Our equine retirement home

We have three equine herds living at Raystede. They include horses, ponies and donkeys. Raystede is a retirement home for these animals as they have had hard working lives or health problems and now deserve a rest. Others live here because they have behavioural problems which made them unsuitable for riding. Here our equines live in a more natural way, outside in herds and with constant access to shelter.

However these horses, ponies and donkeys find their way to Raystede, they are given the utmost care by our compassionate equine team. Each animal has its own individual eating, medical and exercise plan. Our equine team enjoy building the mutual trust and friendship with these animals that helps them live out the rest of their lives in a happy and dignified way.


Meet Eddie!Eddie

Steady Eddie had lived with his previous owner for 20 years. He is a 25 year old bright bay cob. He has had a very active life and done lots of ridden activities. Eddie has taught lots of people how to ride properly and enjoyed himself along the way! He is a very kind and gentle soul and we hope he will fit right in with our herd.

Eddie retired to Raystede when he was diagnosed with a major heart murmur. He now has the opportunity to relax and enjoy his elderly years with us.



Lilli is now nearly 5 months old. Having lost her mother at such a young age, she is becoming so strong and independent thanks to the herd around her.

She is growing very fast and because we don’t know who her father was it will be very exciting to see what she turns into!

She looks very much like her mum at the minute and we are loving watching her grow and become her own little person.

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