Welcome to The H.A.C.K. Horse Sanctuary a Rescue- Rehabilitation- Education Centre, situated near Wrexham, North East Wales, and founded in March 1992 by Pamela Bluck. A fully registered charity and full welfare members of The National Equine Welfare Council The Aim and Object of the charity is to rescue neglected, abused, cruelly treated and abandoned horses, ponies, and donkeys and sometimes includes other animals. To rehabilitate and find loving homes suited to each individual equine. Over the years a great many horses, ponies and donkeys have come through the gates at H.A.C.K. single abandonment cases, large neglected cases and others. We have worked in partnership with both, Local Authorities and the Police, and other official bodies. H.A.C.K. has also rescued ponies from unnecessary slaughter, where many young colts end up, but these ponies can go on to make fabulous children's ponies in many different disciplines, sadly we cannot save them all, but we try our best to help in other ways too. It would be so easy to fill the sanctuary up to the rafters with rescued horses, but their welfare would be compromised with not only a constant lack of funds but also individual care and it would be totally irresponsible to move misery from one place to another. We work within our means but can also offer support in other ways To educate on horse welfare, the responsibilities of owning any animal and meeting the 5 basic needs of horse ownership. H.A.C.K. is unique in the fact that it is run entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to the welfare of the horse. When horses come into the sanctuary, we are faced with many different problems, but every care is taken to make the horse comfortable and settled before the work begins to make them well again. Diet is developed to suit the needs of the individual animal, and an overall heath check including, teeth, worming, vaccination, and any other medical needs they may have. Each and every horse, pony and/or donkey are put into a regular routine, each one is handled, taught to have his feet pick up, groomed, taught manners and how to lead. Later they are traffic trained and walked out in-hand, usually through The Alyn Waters Park and along the lanes and eventually along a more busy venue. When established, youngsters start their programme into training at about 3 years old, all depending on development. We begin with lunging and long reining, they will have already been taught voice control/aids and most by now are confident to take this training in their stride. Eventually they are backed and then ridden away, most are turned out for the winter and come back into work the following Spring. Some of the older Horses may have to be retrained and this can be a long and repetitive job as they have learnt how to evade and misbehave, but we are never in a rush and the end result has to be a horse that is suitable to be re-homed into a regular working environment and/or as a companion/pet. Those who are deemed unsuitable for re-homing will stay within the protection of H.A.C.K. and are used for education purposes Sadly, not all rescued horses, ponies or donkey's make a recovery and some have to be put to sleep. A very hard decision to make, I know, but sometimes there just isn't any alternative. It is something we have to deal with and is not a pleasant task.