The Mare and Foal Sanctuary Invest in a New Operating Table

The new operating table at the Mare and Foal Sanctuary in Devon

The Mare & Foal Sanctuary Invest in a New Operating Table

Devonshire based equine charity, The Mare & Foal Sanctuary, has invested in a new operating table.

The table will be used for everything from complex eye removals to castration and has already had a positive effect on the horses living at the charity. The latest piece of equipment has been a welcome addition to the new Trees Veterinary and Welfare Centre.

From Shetland to the Shire, the table has been equipped with a hydraulic lift to tilt and angle any horse or pony to maximise operative success.

At a cost of almost £35,000 (which mostly came from donations), the table has already made a difference to one resident.


Athena, a 12-year-old Gypsy Vanner, was the first horse to be operated on using the table. The mare had a rare eye condition, Glaucoma, which meant the operation included a full eye removal. Immediately after the operation, Athena returned to the stables and recovered well. The immediate return to a familiar environment, surrounded by staff she trusted, is one of the reasons why the in-house surgeons and the team are hopeful that the new purchase will continue to have a positive impact on equine welfare at the sanctuary.

Athena following her operation, recovering well
Athena following her operation, recovering well

Sanctuary vet Richard Frost said:

This table is top of the range and will last for the lifetime of the operating theatre.

When the savings of not having to send the Sanctuary horses away to other centres for surgery are taken into account over the next 20 to 30 years, the table actually works out quite cheaply.”

The table really is going to make a huge difference to the care and rehabilitation of all our horses and ponies.”

Trust donations were largely responsible for the new cutting-edge buy. The largest sum came from the Sir Peter O’Sullevan Trust at £20,000. A further £10,000 was donated from Support Adoption for Pets.

For more information on the Mare & Foal Sanctuary visit




Never miss a news piece or an article. Subscribe and we'll send it all straight to your inbox each week.

We promise we’ll never spam! Take a look at our Privacy Policy for more info.


Just published

Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul. Photo credit: Event Rider Masters

Gatcombe Park’s Festival of British Eventing Cancelled Due to Economic Constraints

In a disappointing turn of events for equestrian enthusiasts, the iconic Gatcombe Park's Festival of British Eventing has been canceled ...
Mother's Day Gifts for Mums that like horses

8 Mother’s Day Gifts for Mums that Love Horses

Discover Great Mother's Day Gift Ideas for Mums that Love Horses with Everything Horse Magazine Here you'll find 8d Mother's ...
Abdulrahman Alrajhi & Ventago Longines Global Champions Tour 2024 Doha, day 1

Abdulrahman Alrajhi Rides Ventago to Victory on Opening Day of LGCT Doha

The Longines Global Champions Tour of Doha commenced in spectacular fashion at the renowned Longines Arena at Al Shaqab. Crowds ...
cannes stars win season opener in Doha. Podium shot

Cannes Stars Triumph in Thrilling Opening Stage of 2024 GCL Season

The equestrian world was set ablaze as the 2024 Global Champions League (GCL) season kicked off in Doha, Qatar, with ...
NIHI’S original horse whisperer, Carol Sharpe with a horse and client

Welcome to ‘Equine Wild Wellness’ at NIHI Sumba

Named as one of the best hotels in the world, you will find NIHI Sumba nestled within a hideaway in ...
Ride Egypt a horse and rider stood on sand

Discover the Majesty of Ancient Egypt with Ride Egypt’s “Palms, Pyramids & Pharaohs” Adventure

For travellers seeking a holiday filled with temples and tombs, pharaohs, and phenomenal experiences, Ride Egypt (described by a previous ...

Everything Horse Classifieds

Everything Horse Classifieds banner