Wednesday, 18 January 2017
Yesterday, we hosted a visit from a group of about 50 members of the Chinese community from the Exeter area arranged by Exmoor National Park and Hikmat Devon CIC.
Linzi and National Park representatives gave a talk about Exmoor Ponies and the work of the Moorland Mousie Trust after which the visitors were given a tour of the Centre followed by tea in the Green Room.
They all loved hearing about Exmoor Ponies and enjoyed having the chance to get up close to them and do some grooming. As usual the ponies were the stars of the day and many visitors said they would like to return during our open season with family members or groups of students to do some riding.
More photos can be found on https://www.flickr.com/ph…/exmoornp/albums/72157675653020223
Thursday, 5 January 2017
Even though the Pony Centre has been closed to the public over Christmas and New Year, work hasn’t stopped for the staff and volunteers who have been busy looking after the 17 new young foals taken in this winter. They always need plenty of attention and there’s lots of mucking out, feeding and filling of haynets to do.
Each year we choose a theme for naming our foals which makes it easy to remember in which year they were born. Some of the past themes have been detectives, cars and biscuits. This year the foals have been named for fizzy drinks; so we have, for example, Cola, Fanta and Dr Pepper and Tizer.
All these little chaps have already been vetted and wormed
and have undergone some handling. Most are now happy to wear a headcollar and
be led. Once they have been gelded and given time to recover from their op,
they will hopefully be found homes either with fosterers or on conservation
grazing sites around the country.
|Cola, Fanta & Dr Pepper|
In the run up to Christmas the charity relies on money raised at stalls such as Dulverton by Starlight. We enjoy the festive atmosphere and, of course, selling all kinds of pony items and gifts, including our 2017 calendars of which we still have a few left, available via our website and now reduced to only £4 in our January sale. Also in the sale, reduced to £9.50, is the book, Moorland Mousie, from which the charity takes its name.
On 18th December, the Centre opened for a special Festive Fun Activity Afternoon, when we welcomed some hardy families for pony rides and hot soup and mince pies.
In January, ten of our geldings will be travelling north all the way to Durham where they will be conservation grazing on Durham Wildlife Trust’s Tyne Tees Nature Reserve.
Our next Activity Afternoon will be in the School Holidays on Thursday 16th February 12 to 3 pm, with our popular pony rides, crafts and refreshments.
In March we re-open for the summer season and for riding sessions and our April Activity Day will be on Sunday 9th from 11am to 3pm. You can find our full schedule for 2017 on our website: