Who are we?
RMJ Horse Rescue is based in Malta and started around 2016 by Corinne Farrugia. Corinne used to look for horses needing rescue, rehabilitate them and then a find them a home. Through social media and word of mouth, people started finding out what she was doing and suddenly horses bound for slaughter where then finding her.
A place to call home..
End of 2019 we had to move quickly to a new facility, which was an abandoned pig farm. We had almost no time to make it suitable for horses. 2020 was a tough start for all of us, but our new home nestled in the countryside of Siggiewi slowly but surely becoming beautiful sanctuary for our horses, thanks to our volunteers and generous supporters from Malta and abroad.
Fast forwarding to today, our activity has grown very fast and today every horse being sent for slaughter or neglected is made aware to RMJ Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation. Additionally, we are the only NGO in Malta that can take in and rehabilitate neglect cases by Animal Welfare in Malta.
Approximately 300 horses are imported in Malta every year for sporting activities such as racing and polo. Due to the size of the island and the cost of their maintenance, most of these horses are destined for slaughter once they are injured and not fit for the track or retired.
So what exactly do we do at RMJ Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation? How do we strive to manage this never ending influx of horses?
RMJ Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation has 4 main missions:
- To maintain all the horses in our care, many of which have special needs. Today RMJ is home to over 80 horses.
- To rehome as many of these horses as possible; some locally but mostly abroad broad. On average we send to the UK approx. 9 horses a month as part of our Project Back to the Green (PBG)
- To make more room for more horses which means building more stables – the more space we have the more horses we can take in.
- To raise awareness and give something back
RMJ Horse Rescue is run entirely by volunteers and completely dependent on public donations.
How can you help
Looking for supporters
Every month we publish the names of horses who don’t have a regular sponsor. Choose one, and for a one time donation help this horse out! You can visit us and meet your chosen rescue or we send you photos and updates if you live abroad!
With directed donations we can rehome our horses abroad, where they can enjoy the green fields until the end of their lives. Many of our retired racehorses are completely healthy, they can be ridden, and be perfect pets for You!
help with our feeding Bills
You can help by contributing to our feed bills by buying horse feed via our online shop.
Simply make a Recurring donation
Save an Animal
Adopting a horse
Most of our horses are coming from racing, usually thoroughbred or standardbred. After finishing racing, most of them would end up in the slaughter house, because of lack of space. Also unfortunately we have cases of neglected horses and ponies. You can adopt from Malta or with our “back to the green” program when we rehome horses abroad. Contact us on Facebook Messenger for more info by clicking on the link below.
MakING a Donation
If you can not adopt, but would like to help out, every little counts! Horses are expensive to feed, many of our neglected cases need regular vet check up, we fix teeth, heal legs, and we always improve our stables to make space for more horses in need. All of these won’t be possible without our generous supporters. Alternatively you can visit our online shop from which all proceeds go entirely to the support of RMJ Horse Rescue
What we do
Taking in abandoned, neglected horses, rehabilitate and finding new, forever homes for them. This involves lots of hard work and huge bills. Unfortunately horses are very expensive to keep. Help us so we can continue our work!
Give an unforgettable experience of a horse ride to your kids. In summer, we also organise swimming with horses. Places are limited, contact us or visit our Facebook page for more info
Organised 2 hour activity where kids can learn about horse grooming, handling, what is involved in having a pony. Great experience for young and older ones as well.
You can book our event space for a birthday party. We will provide you with the space and combine the party with a Pony Camp as described above. You can contact us on Facebook for more info.
We visit schools to raise awareness, organise photoshoots. In summer you have a chance to come and swim with horses. We are open for ideas if you would like to arrange team building programs or other events.
Contact us by email or Facebook with your requests
If you have never visited our stables and would like to book a tour you can contact us on Facebook to book your tour. Tours are done by our volunteers who would be happy to show you around against a small donation fee.
What Drives Us
The aim of RMJ’s Horse Rescue is to rescue horses who are severely neglected or bound for slaughter and care for them until they are ready to go to their forever home.
People can help by donating, fostering, sponsoring, organising fundraising events and volunteering.
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Research before adopting
Unfortunately we had many horses returning into our care after adoption, because the new owners did’t realise how much commitment is in owing a horse. Please read this article carefully before appying
Back to the green project
How can you adopt a horse from abroad through RMJ? Read about our Back To The Green project, available horses, next transports and countries.