The Animal Sanctuary

Why We Do What We Do

At Far From, everything we do is centred around taking care of our wonderful group of rescue animals. All of the proceeds from our holiday lets (and more besides!) goes into making sure that these animals are properly looked after. We focus on animals that are unable to be re-homed or working animals in need of retirement, all who live out their days in peace and tranquillity alongside us in the beautiful Brecon Beacons.

From Barnaby our Gypsy Stallion and Benjamin our old Irish draft horse, to Phylis and Flow our beautiful and highly intelligent donkeys, to Mabel the sheep and Mama and Papa Meagles our wonderful pigs, all animals are welcome at the Far From Animal Sanctuary.

Because they are such a massive part of our daily life, we’ve included a small section on each below. And don’t forget, when you stay with us, you can meet them all on one of our “meet and greets”.

Algernon the Gypsy Pony

Algernon (or Algy as he’s affectionately known here) is our beautiful, rescued gypsy pony. Sadly, we don’t know much about Algy’s background, apart from the fact that he was passed around from dealer to dealer.

Barnaby the Gypsy Stallion

Barnaby was calculated to be somewhere between 7 and 10 years old when he arrived. His lower legs had severe burns. It was the worst case our farrier had come across. The first vet to view him gave him a year to live if he was left where he was.

Benjamin the Irish Draft Horse

Beautiful Benjamin is our gentle giant, standing at 18 hands – a whole hand higher than the average height of a shire. He’s an old Irish draft horse who’s with us for his retirement years.

Charlie

Our lovely Charlie is a miniature pony in his late 20s. He has Cushing’s disease (which affects his hormones) and has suffered with laminitis his entire life (an extremely painful condition that affects ponies’ hooves).

Cossington

Our lovely Cossy is an Italian Spinone who’s grown up on the farm. We’ve included Cossy in our family page as he’s thoroughly loved by our animals, but we don’t rescue dogs at Far From.

Everdene & Oak

Both Everdene and Oak were born at Far From after their respective mothers Flow and Phylis arrived pregnant. Both mothers came to us malnourished and despite our best efforts, did not gain enough weight to be considered healthy.

Flossy

Our lovely Flossy arrived at Far From with Cushing’s disease, among a handful of other health problems. Unfortunately, she went many years without diagnosis and now has limited days ahead of her.

Freddie

12-year-old Shetland cross Freddie began his new life at Far From alongside his poorly mother, Flossy. Just like mum, Freddie suffers from sweet itch (an allergic reaction to insect bites that badly affects the skin).

Hollybobs

Our darling Hollybobs is with us for her retirement after her long career as a much-loved riding school horse. She was a novice ride, with loving patience and care for each rider no matter their ability.

Ismay

Our lovely Ismay is an Italian Spinone who’s grown up on the farm. We’ve included Cossy in our family page as he’s thoroughly loved by our animals, but we don’t rescue dogs at Far From.

Little Dorrit

Brother to Tatty and Pet, Little Dorrit was the runt of his litter and is half their size. He was born with what we believe to be a heart defect, and nearly died despite us hand feeding him around the clock.

Mabel

Mabel came from a commercial flock a little further up the valley. Her mother sadly died when she was only 2 days old. Being born in July (a late lamb), there were no other ewes to put her on, and the farmer couldn’t manage his daily duties alongside a little lamb that needed hand feeding.

Mama & Papa Meagles

Mama and Papa Meagles are two adult pigs that came to us from a rescue centre. It is thought that they were used as a breeding pair to fill the buoyant market that teacup pigs created. They were found in the wild, believed to have been dumped when the previous owners no longer had any use for them.

Munchkin

Munchkin is one of our miniature horses, standing at only 33 ½ inches, and came to us on an emergency rehome. Though she was well loved and cared for, her owner’s health issues meant that Munchkin (and her current companion Poppet) had been through many moves in a short period of time.

Phlyis & Flow

Our two little donkeys were estimated to be 7-8 years old when they arrived at Far From together. Their condition wasn’t terrible but was far from good. Both were slightly underweight and had strange skin conditions that no vet had ever been able to identify.

Poppet

Poppet is a Miniature horse standing at only 33 inches. Poppet came to us in an emergency rehome. Unfortunately her new home could no longer look after her due to health reasons and so she ended up having  many moves in a very short period of time. Due to all the moves and the lack of understanding about miniature horses, Poppet was suffering with laminitis on arrival.

Soli

Soli came to us from the same horse-riding school as Hollybobs, but unlike Hollybobs he’d not been there long and he’d had a hard life beforehand.

Starburst

Starburst is one of the 5 miniature horses we’ve taken in this year. She’s only 32 inches in height and although she may look like a Shetland, she’s actually an American miniature.

Tottycorum & Pet

Tatty and Pet are the piglets of Mama and Papa Meagles. Like their parents, they are miniature pigs. They arrived at Far From with Mama and Papa after being born at a rescue centre.

The Goats

Bambi and Flower are Anglo-Nubian goats. Often described as the dog of the goat world, they love human interaction and are into everything. They’re bred for their milk.

Tinkerbell

Tinkerbell the miniature horse is our littlest girl, standing at only 28 inches tall. Before joining us at Far From, Tinkerbell had been a therapy pony. She already knew Starburst, Poppet and Munchkin, so when we heard that she needed a forever home, we decided that re-joining her friends would be the best thing for her retirement.

Wilden the Wild One

Wilden was a feral kitten brought into a local rescue centre with the rest of his litter. His brothers and sisters were quickly tame, but not Wilden – it became clear that he was never going to suit a domesticated life!

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