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22nd September 2023

We would like to say a huge thank you to Pets At Home Foundation who recently gave us a £10,000 grant to purchase a new (to us) truck. We waited to share the news as today Liam who works at Pets at Home Foundation came and volunteered for the day and even brought a friend to help. We hope they dry out as the weather has been awful today.
These grants make a huge difference to the charity and we are so grateful for their support x


Press Release!

Horse Sense Wirral has been selected to receive a £1,000 donation as part of Benefact Group’s Movement for Good Awards, which is giving over £1million to charities for the fifth year running.

With the current cost of living and fall in donations, this award will go towards our vet and feed costs.

The animal’s welfare is paramount and these two costs are ongoing all year round. With the current high temperatures in the weather, Horse Sense Wirral will need to buy in hay throughout the summer months when the grass is not growing.

Members of the public were invited to nominate good causes. Winners, including Horse Sense Wirral, were drawn at random.

The charity was founded by Amy Pirie (chair) in 2007 and gained Charity status in May 2013. Horse Sense Wirral has rescued 246 horses and over 350 small animals in that time.

The charity specialises in geriatrics and has an outstanding success rate with emaciated animals, offering intensive 24/7 care.

Mark Hews, Group Chief Executive at Benefact Group, said, “We would like to thank every single person who took the time to nominate a good cause as part of our Movement for Good Awards.

“Benefact Group is the third largest corporate donor in the UK and has an ambition to be the biggest. Owned by a charity, all of its available profits go to good causes, and the more the Group grows, the more the Group can give.

“We know that £1,000 can make a huge difference to the incredible work that charities do and we’re looking forward to seeing how this financial boost will change lives for the better.”

7th April 2022


Honor arrived here last night as an emergency from the Carneddau Mountains, she was found collapsed.
The vet and Joel Bertelli were here till 1am this morning trying to revive her. She did arrive standing, but soon collapsed again and is unable to get up, she’s exhausted.
Honor is approx 8 months, emaciated, dehydrated, eye ulcer, and rain scald. She received IV fluid, anti-inflammatories, steroids and treatment for her eye when she arrived. Honor will be receiving intensive 24/7 care from us here at HSW. HSW are the only charity that give their support to the sick and injured Carneddau ponies. Please keep Honor in your thoughts and help us to help her by making a contribution towards Honor’s care. Thank you x
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paypal.me/horsesensewirral or horsesensewirral@yahoo.com
REF: Honor
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21st March 2022


Firstly, a massive thank you to Pets at Home Foundation, who awarded us a grant at the end of 2021 towards our Vet and Winter feed bills. You will remember we had several poorly ponies needing hospitalisation last summer, which drove our vet bills to over £10,000. Although we were chipping away at this, with ongoing treatment it seemed impossible to get on top of. You all helped get us near our goal and Pets at Home Foundation gave us a whopping £16,914, which helped clear that and help towards our winter feed which was is in the region of £10,000 per month, with hay and hard feed at that time.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Marchig Animal Welfare Trust, who awarded us a £5,000 grant at the end of 2021 towards our veterinary care and feeding costs. With huge winter outgoings, their support is a massive help to the smooth running of the charity, and keeping the animals in good health.

We really need to say a massive thank you to Irby Pets, who have supported us for many years. Their pet shop and customers never fail to get behind us and give us ongoing support, ongoing support is what keeps us providing the best care for our residents.

A big shout out to Dave at Brand 9, who after hearing our public plea last summer offered to do us this lovely new website. We have kept it simple as before but I am sure you will agree it’s looking great and more up to date.

We have so many businesses, supporters who help the charity survive. We can’t physically name you all, but rest assured we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for every penny we receive. Every donation, every purchase on raffles, auction, online shows, calendars etc, feeds the animals and keep them in the best of health.

So we want to give a general massive thank you to everyone who plays a part in keeping our residents safe, warm and fed.

As we near the end of Winter our bills have crept up again, with no grants available at the moment, so we are truly relying on all of our supporters to give every penny or pound they can afford, to give us one last push through winter please, we appreciate all you do ❤



January 25th 2022

We’d like to say a huge Thank you to Lush for supporting us with a grant to replace old barbed wire fencing with post and rail. Making it safer for the horses. Lush have been a masive support to us for many years now, and they make a huge difference to many charities.



January 9th 2022

We’d like you to meet Lady Penelope, who we collected this afternoon. She is a 14yr old Welsh Section C who is in a very poor state as you can see and we will be working hard to get her back to good health, she is not in immediate danger but will be seen by our vets first thing in the morning, to be checked over and any tests, treatment or medication required will be done.

As always we ask for your help so if anyone would like to get something for Lady Penelope she will need various rugs both Stable and Turnout, to keep the chill out, preferably Ruggles brand as we think these would fit her thin frame best in size 5ft 3in.

Or you can make a donation towards Lady Penelope’s care to:
Horse Sense Wirral
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Account: 10375919
Ref: Lady Penelope


December 1, 2021

It’s been a very busy evening here at HSW. We had 11 new admissions from the Carneddau Mountains. One who we have named Willow is very poorly and in a collapsed state and has now been taken into intensive care at Leahurst Equine Hospital. The others have various injuries and health issues. We will give you more information as soon as we can but at the moment we are flat out dealing with them all. Big thanks to Dan at Heath Horse Transport for getting them to us.
If you can, please send a donation to help us cover the veterinary costs of helping these ponies to get back to health.
Horse Sense Wirral
Sort: 161614
Account: 10375919
REF: Willow


July 28, 2021

Whilst we aren’t taking in any animals at the moment until our finances are back on the straight and narrow, we are able to keep up our commitment to the Carneddau Mountain Ponies thanks to regular donations from the Carneddau area, specifically for these ponies. Rhian (named after Rhian McFadden who has been keeping a close eye on these 2 for us) and Tudur have been being kept a close eye on by the guardians and volunteer vet for several weeks, as Rhian was quite poor after foaling, but she soon picked up and is just now a little bit hippy, but then Tudur was looking quite poorly and was scouring, but again the scouring stopped and the vet was happy with him, he was doing great until Thursday when Joel and Jasmine (our volunteers) found him on a visit, very weak and much smaller than he should be at 3 months of age, so between the whole team of guardians, Ellie the vet, Jackie and I, the decision was made that he obviously has something going on compromising his immune system and that they should both come off so we can investigate what’s going on with him and treat him accordingly, we suspect that he may be another, like China, who didn’t get enough colostrum when born, but we will know more when our fabulous vets visit tomorrow. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers and as always please make a donation towards their vet bills if you are able to.

Huge thank you to the team who brought them off the mountains.

Baby Amy

26th May 2021

Our new arrival, delivered by Amy (Chair) at 3.44am on 23rd May. Amy was completely overruled by husband Shaun and the volunteers when it came to naming the new arrival. Amy who would much rather remain low key and get on with looking after the animals or in fact helping anyone in need, helped mum deliver baby. The team felt it only fitting it should be named after Amy.

Baby Amy