Welcome To The A.R.C.H. Paddock

Down on our yard just outside Málaga we not only provide respite and rehabilitation for every animal we rescue from suffering, but also seek to promote the concept of proper equine care and educate the local public as to the importance of humane equine treatment.

Most of our rescued equines arrive with injuries, both physical and psychological. We never cease to be amazed and horrified by man’s capacity for cruelty. Claire Reeves

In many cases it is due to negligence and a lack of education on the part of their owners that these beautiful animals have found themselves without love, respect and the quality of life that every living being deserves.

Several of the ponies we have taken in are blind through being shut in dark stables. Many horses and donkeys are found starving, one leg restrained by a rope giving them little opportunity to graze and exercise. Most show remarkable powers of recovery and forgiveness, and it is due to the care and patience of our volunteers that they can be rehabilitated and happily re-homed.

Those who adopt our animals also deserve a big vote of thanks for giving a forever home to our beautiful equines.

Equines Looking For Adoption, Fostering or Sponsorship

Almost all the equines who come to our sanctuary seek loving new forever homes with people who can give them the love and the life they deserve.

Below, our list of residents details each animal in need of your help. Scroll down to find out more about the equines who thanks to the efforts of the volunteers, supporters and sponsors of A.R.C.H., are rehabilitated and ready for a fresh start.

What is the difference between adopting and fostering?

ADOPTION – this means that you will become the new owner of the equine and be fully responsible for its care and will provide it with a “forever” home.

FOSTERING – equines that are fostered are still owned by ARCH, but a temporary home is provided to the animal whilst we seek to find a suitable adoption option. ARCH continues to be responsible for vet care, farrier and feed costs.

If you live in the area and would like to talk to us about adoption, please CONTACT US, or visit the A.R.C.H. Facebook page.

Esmeralda is a 19 year old skewbald Shetland mare, blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other. However she is very gentle and would be an ideal companion for other horses or a young child.

Esmeralda is available for sponsorship or adoption.



Hope & Valiente are two Welsh grey ponies. They had spent most of their short lives locked in a small stable and Valiente (gelding) had been unable to move or lie down. His body and legs were deformed and he had very little hair. Due to some dedicated remedial work from expert barefoot farrier Rafael Caparros, he has improved. Hope (mare) is blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other. She came with a bad abscess in one foot.

These ponies are currently being fostered in Granada, where they are receiving clicker rehabilitation, but are available for sponsorship.


Eeyore is approx. 9 years old and a gelding. This poor Andalucian grey donkey was destined for slaughter as his ear had been broken. He is still wary of humans but has a wonderful permanent foster home now with Rosie, our little donkey who was born blind.
Eeyore is currently being fostered but is available for sponsorship.



Rosie, a miniature grey donkey, came to A.R.C.H. when she was only a few months old. She is completely blind and has been since birth. Any small change in her life is very stressful for her.
However, Rosie is now in a wonderful foster home with her friend Eeyore but is available for sponsorship.




Mercedes, a 25 year old grey donkey, spent some time at a petting zoo, but was returned to us in poor health. She has made good progress since her return.
Mercedes is available for sponsorship.





Caramelo is 22. ARCH originally rescued him from a lorry load of 20 horses on its way to slaughter. He has been rehomed several times but now we have brought him back to Arch. He is a gentle giant. Would love a home as a companion. His sway back makes it almost impossible to put a saddle on him but little children could sit on him bareback. He loves the company of a mare. He is 100% sound.



Sancho (donkey) is 13 years old. A stallion, but he is so gentle and friendly you would assume he was a gelding. He came to ARCH in an appalling condition and too weak to stand. He loves his pony stallion companion and is very laid back. He is available for adoption or sponsorship.







If you would like to support our residents through sponsorship please CONTACT US or DONATE .

If you feel you can offer one of our equines a wonderful new home then please do get in touch: CONTACT US.