Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Happy Christmas everyone

A very Happy Christmas
And a big thank you
to all our supporters, followers and volunteers

Monday, 9 December 2013

Foals looking for foster homes

The new foals are all coming along well. Most of them are happy wearing head collars and some of them have started leading lessons.

Four of the nine foals we are working with now have foster homes to go to. If you could offer a foster home to one of the other well-handled and friendly youngsters, please get in touch. We would love to hear from you.

Monty says, 'I really enjoyed that - please can I have some more?'

Friday, 29 November 2013

Working with the New Foals

The new foals are beginning to settle in to their new surroundings at the Pony Centre and are getting used to being near people and being handled. 

Jimmy has come from the Anchor herd that runs on Winsford Hill near the Pony Centre and is very friendly as he was adopted and bucket-fed before coming to us. 


Monday, 11 November 2013

Foal Handling Course

The first foal handling course took place on Sunday with five participants and was a great success.

The foals, all from the Anchor herd on Winsford Hill, behaved beautifully. They went through the usual routine of being touched with a feather duster, then hands, then having a head collar fitted and some had a lead rein fitted as well.

Pretty good going for foals that, until then, were virtually un-handled!

Bethany with Anchor Indigo

Helen with Anchor Icon

Jenny with Anchor Ixia

Susan with Anchor Indigo

Monday, 4 November 2013

Ponies arrive on Berwick Law

Following the success of the conservation grazing scheme on Traprain Law near Edinburgh, The Moorland Mousie Trust have leased land on nearby Berwick Law and the first ponies arrived recently as reported in The East Lothian Courier.

Friday, 25 October 2013

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall renews her patronage

HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visiting the Exmoor Pony Centre in 2009

The Moorland Mousie Trust is delighted to announce that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to extend her Patronage. Her Royal Highness has been very supportive of the charity.

The Moorland Mousie Trust is based at the Exmoor Pony Centre in the heart of Exmoor National Park and works to promote and conserve the rare-breed Exmoor pony. The charity is named after the ‘Moorland Mousie’ books, written in the 1920’s, which tell the story of an Exmoor pony. The Duchess has revealed in the past that she has fond memories of reading these stories as a child. 

Juliet Rogers, Chairman of the Trustees, said, ‘We are thrilled that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to extend her Patronage. Her continued support will help The Moorland Mousie Trust and, most importantly, the Exmoor pony’.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013


The Exmoor Pony Centre will hold its Celebrate Halloween! Open Day event this Sunday, 27th October, between 11am and 3pm.  Activities available will include pony rides and pony grooming (weather permitting), meeting a petting pony, children’s crafts and light refreshments including hot soup will be available in the Green Room. 

The day will also see the Grand Draw for the winning tickets in The Moorland Mousie Trust Annual Raffle.  There is a wonderful array of prizes to be won in the Raffle with a top prize of a week’s self-catering cottage holiday accommodation on Exmoor (close to the Exmoor Pony Centre, of course!). 

The pony-themed shop will be open and visitors will have the opportunity to browse a brand new range of merchandise, as well as purchase Christmas cards and our 2014 Exmoor Ponies calendar.

Entrance to Celebrate Halloween! is free but there will be a small charge for activities.  Donations towards the work of The Moorland Mousie Trust are always welcomed and all funds raised will go towards the ever- increasing winter welfare costs for the Exmoor ponies in the Trust’s care.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Bluebell and Periwinkle come to be backed

Bluebell and Periwinkle, two four year old ponies, have come back to the Centre from their foster homes to continue their training.

They are now being backed to prepare them to be riding ponies and they are both being very relaxed about it all.

Periwinkle, the only pony to have been born at the Exmoor Pony Centre, took to walking around wearing a saddle without giving it a second thought.

 Periwinkle with Linzi on - and in - the saddle, 
and Kestra at her  head.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Scotland's Ponies in the Paper

Thanks to the terrific efforts of volunteer Liz, the ponies on Traprain near Edinburgh are becoming quite famous.

Two of them made the newspapers last week.

The East Lothian News carried a picture of Bob and Midnight with their favourite bucket.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Exmoor Pony Festival Pleasure Ride

On Sunday, the final day of the Festival, several volunteers from the Pony Centre took part in the Pleasure Ride across the Moor. A lovely finish to a great week of events.

The photo was sent by Tricia who says, 

Thought you might like this shot Peter took for the blog -Janey and Rama followed by Pauline and Fudge on the downhill run, Abbi and I were further back up the slope in front of the glamorous palomino. It was a great day made even better by perfect weather!