Some of the foals we took in over this winter are now looking for homes. They are all gelded, vetted and happy to wear headcollars and be led. If you would like to home or foster one of our ponies, please get in touch. Details of all our ponies for homing are on our website.
Here are three of the ponies looking for homes. Shandy, Rio & Tango with Linzi
Work at the Pony Centre doesn’t stop even though its chilly
winter time. The ponies certainly keep us busy and warm.
In Mid- January staff at the Centre were preparing for ten
ponies to travel to a new home with Durham Wildlife Trust at their Rainton
Meadows Reserve. The time to say farewell came on the 17th January with the day
of the move starting at 4.30 in the morning on Exmoor and by the early
afternoon they were arriving to a crowd of people all eagerly awaiting their
new four legged lawn mowers. Durham Wildlife Trust became interested in using
the Moorland Mousie Trust for their Exmoor pony needs when they saw how other
organisations in the north of England were using the charity and its ponies for
conservation grazing. The ponies will be helping to improve habitat on some of
DWT’s reserves between the rivers Tees and Tyne.
same day, the Centre played host to a group of around 50 members of the Chinese
community from the Exeter area; a visit arranged by Exmoor National Park and
Hikmat Devon CIC. The group enjoyed a talk by Linzi about Exmoor ponies and the
work of MMT and the Pony Centre before meeting the ponies for a chance to
cuddle and groom and concluding with sandwiches and cake in the Green Room.
Everyone said how much they enjoyed the visit and many said they would come
back and bring their friends and families.
Exmoor Pony Centre is always pleased to welcome groups to see the work of the
Moorland Mousie Trust, our parent charity, at first hand and learn more about
the Exmoor Pony breed. The visits are informative and fun with plenty of
opportunity for hands-on interaction with the ponies. In the past we have
welcomed U3A and community groups, student and school groups and adult learning
groups. If you are interested in a group visit please contact us by email
or phone to discuss.
Our volunteers enjoyed a belated Christmas Social recently
to catch up on plans for 2017 and to get together and meet others who share the
same passions. We have a wonderful and devoted team of volunteers helping with
a variety of tasks from ponies to admin to fundraising. We are always in
desperate need of more helpers so please do get in touch if you could spare any
time to help the charity. You will find a warm welcome!
The Centre will re-open to the public for visits on Monday
13th February and will be holding the first Activity Afternoon of the year on
Thursday 16th February to include pony rides, grooming,
refreshments and family fun. Treks and Riding sessions will resume at the end
of March. Our April Activity Day will be on Sunday 9th April from 11am to 3pm. Our
full schedule for 2017 is on our website. We hope you can join us.