Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Rama - One Pony's Story

Like Moorland Mousie, Rama was born on Withypool Common in the heart of Exmoor and spent the summer as a free-living pony within his herd.

In autumn, he was rounded up with the rest of the herd and taken to the farmstead across the River Barle where he was separated from his mother, inspected to make sure he was a pure-bred Exmoor, then branded with a star and 23 on his shoulder and his number, 282, on his rump. So his new life began.

Like many Exmoor colts, Rama was not sold and faced an uncertain future. A herd needs only one or two stallions and unsold colts were often destined for the meat market. Now, the Moorland Mousie Trust offers to take all surplus stock and prepare them for a useful life in domestication.

Rama was placed on one of The Trust's fostering schemes in Sheffield where he was handled using Intelligent Horsemanship methods and learned to trust humans. He then spent three happy years on conservation grazing schemes in Northumberland, getting used to being loaded as he was moved between sites, but otherwise receving minimal handling.

When he was four he was backed, an easy job thanks to his gentle handling as a foal, and became a happy and safe riding pony. A year later, he returned to The Exmoor Pony Centre where he is now a great hit with both visitors and staff.

Rama is a loving, trusting pony, suitable for children and adults alike, and is now available for adoption.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Can you offer a Pony a Temporary Home?

This Summer has proved particularly difficult for keeping the ponies weight down. Normally they come in at Easter looking slim and fit after their Winter holidays on the moor. Unfortunately this year, that didn’t happen.  There was obviously a lot more keep about than usual and, coupled with this Summer’s weather, we now have some very fat (but reasonably fit) ponies.

We think that it might be a good idea to look for temporary homes for some of them over the winter months so that they continue to get regular riding exercise.

They are usually away on their holidays from November till March, but some of them could really do with a continuing exercise regime. If you think you could offer to keep and exercise a pony whilst we are busy handling wild foals, it would be a tremendous help.

Please contact us on 01398 323093

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Exford Show

 Exford Show

 It was a lovely dry and sunny day, with a good brisk wind to keep the flies away and the Moorland Mousie stand had plenty of visitors.


   Moorland Mousie's pony, Tiger Moth
and Val Sherwin's Osprey
competed in the Novice Ridden Class



 The Parade of Staghounds provided a colouful end to the day.


Thursday, 4 August 2011

Cream Teas & Pony Rides

Looking for something to do on a summer afternoon?

Come and enjoy an Cream Tea in beautiful surroundings in the heart of Exmoor.

Ride an Exmoor pony.

See the newly renovated Green Room, recently opened by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, and learn about its fascinating history.

The staff and volunteers of the Moorland Mousie Trust will offer you a warm welcome every Thursday afternoon (4th, 11th, 18th, 25th) throughout August.