Horses, Ponies & Donkeys

At our Rescue Centre just outside Málaga we not only provide respite and rehabilitation for every equine we rescue from suffering, but also seek to promote the concept of proper equine care and the importance of humane equine treatment.

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

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

Several of the equines we have taken in over the years were blind through being shut in dark stables. Many horses and donkeys are found starving, abandoned or neglected. 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.


Horses, Ponies and Donkeys looking for Adoption, Fostering or Sponsorship

Almost all the equines who come to our Rescue Centre seek loving new forever homes with people who can give them the care and attention for the better life they deserve.

Please see the Gallery section for details of the equines in our care, past and present.

What is the difference between adopting and fostering?

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

FOSTERING – horses and donkeys that are fostered are still owned by ARCH, but a temporary home is provided to the animal whilst we either wait for a court case to be resolved or whilst we seek a suitable permanent adoption option. By prior agreement ARCH may continue to be responsible for vet care, farrier and feed costs.

If you would like to talk to us about adoption or fostering please contact us or visit the A.R.C.H. Facebook page

If you would like to support our residents through sponsorship please contact us through email or telephone.

If you feel you can offer one of our equines a wonderful new home please complete the adoption information form and contact Steffi Kersten for Re-homing via email to:


We try to ensure that your adopted animal is suited to your needs and you to theirs.
In the event that you decide to adopt or foster one of our animals in Andalusia, and you need help or advice on obtaining a Junta de Andalucía code (permit) to keep horses on your land, we will be glad to help. For those adopting further afield, we can also assist with recommending transportation companies and we will help ensure that all necessary paperwork for transportation is in order.
There is a small charge for an adoption which covers the charity’s costs, we will ask you to sign an adoption contract.
We ask that you let us have regular photos or an update on how things are going.
Please be aware that if for any reason the adoption does not work it is a condition that you must offer the horse/pony or donkey back to ARCH so that we may try to find another home. We ask that you do not sell or gift the animal without our knowledge, so that we may keep tabs on all rescued animals.
If any adopted animal is considered to be ill treated or abused we will insist that it is returned to ARCH