Saturday, 29 October 2011

Wildsoc Volunteers

On 22nd October, we had a visit from members of Exeter University's Students' Union.

They were all members of the conservation society, Wildsoc, one of many societies organised by the Union.

The 27 willing volunteers came to help us for the day.
Sweeping the Yard
Clearing leaves from behind the barn
A well-earned break in the Green Room
 A big thank you to all who took part and worked so hard!

Friday, 28 October 2011

Roundup on Winsford Hill

On October 17th, some of the Moorland Mousie staff were out on Winsford Hill helping to roundup the ponies in the annual gathering.


Left to Right - Linzi on Abby, Val, Martina on Yorrick and Briony on Dylon

Back to the Centre

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Autumn Fair

October 29th is our Autumn Fair celebrating the end of the season.

The theme is Halloween, so refreshments will include pumpkin soup, cheese scones, bread and cakes.

We will be holding the draw for our raffle and we have some great prizes including an Exmoor safari and picnic for four with Johnny Kingdom, a meal for two at Woods Bistro in Dulverton, a framed Mike Sherwin photograph and an autographed set of Victoria Eveleigh's pony books. If you haven't already bought a ticket, there's still time! Just contact the Centre.

The Fair starts at 11 o'clock at the Exmoor Pony Centre. If you don't know where we are, you can find directions on our web site.

PS - I must mention that the pumpkin lanterns in the photograph were made last year by  my young grandsons, Seb and Toby, aged 5 & 3.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Christmas Shopping

We have a temporary shop in the former Courtyard cafĂ© premises in Dulverton, just until Christmas so, if you’re planning to come to Dulverton, you can still come and see us without the trip up to Ashwick.

We are well stocked with Christmas Cards, a beautiful 2012 calendar and a wide variety of fine-art prints, all displaying Mike Sherwin's brilliant photography of the Exmoor landscape, including red deer and, of course, the ponies .

For book-lovers we have copies of the re-print of Moorland Mousie and Tortie Eveleigh’s “Katie” books.

There is something for everyone, including clothing and gifts ranging from a couple of pounds upwards, so please come and support us if you can.

The opening hours are 10 – 4 from Tuesday till Saturday inclusive. If you cannot get to Dulverton, we do have a regular stall in South Molton market on Thursdays where you can buy your Christmas cards and gifts.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Have a Go at Foal Handling

Foals are arriving early this year and, as you may have gathered from the last post, the theme for names is detectives.

Sherlock and Holmes are both doing well, wearing their head collars and allowing us to lead them round the school.

Do you fancy having a go at foal handling?

If, so, you can sign up for a foal handling tuition day by telephoning 01398 323093.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Pony Stew for Lunch?

Not so long ago, that could have been the fate of this little fellow and others like him.

This is the time of the annual roundup, or 'gathering', when the free-living Exmoor ponies are taken off the moor to be checked, and the young foals branded.

Healthy mares and filly foals are generally returned to the moor but a herd can only have one stallion.

So what happens to all the colt foals?

Once, they were likely to end up on a dinner plate or as dog food.

Now, many of them find a safe refuge with The Moorland Mousie Trust where they are gelded and gently handled until they can lead useful lives as riding ponies or as part of a conservation grazing scheme.

This year, as the economic situation tightens and homes are more difficult to find, we expect our resources to be strained to the limit with more foals than ever before coming to the centre.

So our grateful thanks as always to you, our loyal supporters. It is your generous contributions that enable us to continue our work and provide a safe and fulfilling future for these beautiful ponies.