Earlier this year, in March, we received a telephone call from a lady in Combe Martin telling us she had found five young Exmoor ponies in one of her fields. She had found a ramp mark in the gateway and realised they must have been abandoned there over night.
She called various welfare organisations but no-one was willing to take them, so they were collected by the RSPCA and brought to us at the Centre.
Just when we thought we'd got through this season's intake we now had five more to take care of, all needing worming, de-lousing and handling before being castrated so that they could be re-homed. Our resources were stretched as never before.
They were a motley bunch as you can see from these photos taken when they first arrived.
We have called the four colts Jigsaw, Bruce (Oldfield), Lacoste and Bennetton, and the young filly is Vivienne (Westwood). All designers - which, of course, you've already guessed!
They have all settled happily. Bruce and Jigsaw have been gelded and the youngsters, Lacoste and Bennetton, will be meeting the vets in the new year.
After a few months TLC, they are all looking fit and healthy, and are almost ready to go to foster homes or grazing schemes.