Please help us to help our horses and stay afloat!

by Cortijo Los Lobos in Villanueva del Trabuco, Málaga, Spain

£5,105

raised of £10,000 stretch target

91

supporters
51% 9 days left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 30th September 2020 at 10:02am

Since having to close our doors due to the Corona virus, we have had no income. Our rescue horses need your help!

by Cortijo Los Lobos in Villanueva del Trabuco, Málaga, Spain

New stretch target

Extra money will continue to feed and care for the horses 


1591459355_img_20200605_215537.jpg *We have extended our target as , due to the re-introduction of quarantine in the Uk, we still have no sign of any income on the horizon. Our recent hay deliver alone is a bill of 4500 euros , but of course with horses there are many more expenses and we have all the other rescue animals to care for as well as our own living expenses. The arrival of a stray mum cat and 2 kittens has added to our problems, we will need to have the Mum sterilised very soon or she will be pregnant again and the kittens will also need to be sterilised in the near future.

Your continued help is very much appreciated, thank you.

Click on link to view website :-

Cortijo Los Lobos, ethical horsemanship

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Our small family riding holiday business was started 20 years ago as a means of funding the care of the rescue horses and other animals and is our only income. Without the money from our holiday bookings we have no income. Being self employed we can get very little help from the government especially now that Spain is technically open for business. Over the years the business  has grown from strength to strength. We started with just one cottage, the pool and stables, building and restoring with our own bare hands, and year by year the farm grew to provide more accommodation and the beautiful landscaped gardens you see today.

It has been a labour of love and we are very proud of what we have achieved. We still work tirelessly to maintain and improve the farm. With so many animals to care for and the struggles over the years with recessions and other problems, it has never been possible to save any money so we have very little to fall back on. 

Click on link below to meet our horses :-

meet the horses here

We have rehabilitated and trained our horses using positive reinforcement, they are all bitless and barefoot and are much loved family pets who will be with us until the day they die.  This is a photo of Irene when she was rescued and how she is today. Our horses well being is paramount to us and we cannot let them down.

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As the herd ages, as well as making our rides walk only, we have moved into a lot more ground based work, hosting courses such as clicker training and agility, hoof trimming, equine massage, all designed to benefit both horses and guests, so that when the day eventually comes, that all our horses are too old to ride, we can still provide horse holidays to interest guests, even taking a horse for a walk in hand is a fun thing to do. We have been accepted by the Non Ridden Equine Association. This means that we also promote non ridden horse activities. 

We currently have 13 horses, most of them enjoying their retirement days. We also have 4 rescue cats and two rescue dogs as well as our cute rescue sheep Minty, and  hens and cockerel who free range the garden. 

You can read the story of our move to Spain 20 years ago and our rescue animals in my book 'No time for a Siesta' - available in paperback or for Kindle from Amazon here :- No time for a siesta  .  

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Or you can purchase one of Clive's hand made sea glass necklaces

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How can you help? 

Your money will help us to carry on caring for our animals , buying food, paying vets bills and keeping our business afloat until the time that we can start taking guests again. Our animals are a much loved part of our family and we have promised them that we will survive.  However, we don't like to ask for simple donations, though of course a donation will be great if you can spare it.  Instead , if you wish , you can purchase home made crafts or  maybe you would like a reduced price holiday to look forward to when this nightmare is over, or perhaps you could pay a  deposit towards a future holiday? You could also sponsor one of our lovely horses  - they are all such lovable characters . Your sponsorship money would pay for hay for your horse or pony for 2 weeks. 

Holiday dates can be agreed in the future, once we know what is happening.

Thank you for reading, hope you stay safe and sending you love and best wishes from Clive, June and all the animals at Cortijo Los Lobos

Read testimonials from past guests by clicking on link here :-

 Testimonials

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

£25 deposit on future holiday at Cortijo Los Lobos

Pay 25 pounds towards a future holiday of your choice . Date to be confirmed once you know when you can travel. Balance of holiday will be due 8 weeks before holiday date

£5 or more

£5 donation

No amount is too small to help us help our horses

£10 or more

£10 Sponsor a horse or pony

Sponsor one of our lovable horses or ponies - you will receive a pdf certificate with photo and information about your horse. Each donation pays for hay for 2 weeks for each horse. Click on the 'Meet our horses' link on the description or see our website to choose which horse or pony you would like to sponsor (please give us your email address so that we can send you the certificate)

£20 or more

Sea Glass Necklace

Sea glass necklaces, price includes European postage

£50 or more

£50 deposit on future holiday at Cortijo Los Lobos

Pay 50 pounds towards a future holiday of your choice . Date to be confirmed once you know when you can travel. Balance of holiday will be due 8 weeks before holiday date

£100 or more

£100 deposit on holiday at Cortijo Los Lobos

Pay 100 pounds towards a future holiday of your choice . Date to be confirmed once you know when you can travel. Balance of holiday will be due 8 weeks before holiday date

£200 or more

£200 deposit on holiday at cortijo Los lobos

Pay 200 pounds towards a future holiday of your choice . Date to be confirmed once you know when you can travel. Balance of holiday will be due 8 weeks before holiday date

£500 or more

£500 discounted holiday at Cortijo Los Lobos

Pay 500 pounds and receive a holiday of your choice to the value of 650 pounds! Save 150 pounds!The holiday can be tailor made to your plans and you can pay more nearer the time if needed, depending on apartment choice and how many people there are and if you would like to ride , have meals or just self cater . Date to be confirmed once you know when you can travel.

£120 or more

3 of 3 claimed

Damascus steel hand made knife

Hand crafted knife made from Damascus steel which has a beautiful unique pattern. Price includes European delivery (see photos in fundraiser description)

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