Friday, 26 April 2013

A Not So Harrowing Experience After All

Freddy and Pascoe's field was due to be harrowed and this would be their first experience of a tractor, let alone one dragging a clanking harrow behind it.

But the field is a big one and there was plenty of room for them to get away from it if they wanted to so we decided to leave them and see how they reacted. Would they freak out? Would Freddy try to jump the hedge as he had when he first arrived?

We needn't have worried. Two cooler, more laid-back ponies would be difficult to imagine.

 The minute the tractor came into the field, they raced over to investigate

Clearly nothing to worry about

Might as well carry on with breakfast.

 Life can sometimes be very exhausting

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Open Day

It was jolly cold up on the Moor but pony people are hardy types and we had plenty of visitors for the April Open Day.

Naturally, the ponies were the centre of attention, even though rides had to be in the barn instead of the field because of the weather.

But hot carrot and lentil soup was on offer in the Green Room, together with home-made cakes and we are keeping our fingers crossed for some warmer weather for our next open day.

Saturday, 13 April 2013


The ridden ponies are now back in work after their winter break and staff and volunteers alike have enjoyed getting them ready to greet visitors.

Sadly, one of the ponies, 11 year old Rama, has just developed a problem in his back leg which is a huge disappointment for his many fans who have been looking forward to riding him this holidays.

However, he will still enjoy having visitors and in the meantime there are other ponies available to ride.

Hopefully, he will be better in time for the Golden Horseshoe event as he loves to take part in it. 

Friday, 12 April 2013

Changes at the Pony Centre

Some sad news to report today, I'm afraid. We have to say farewell to Val Sherwin who founded the Moorland Mousie Trust and the Exmoor Pony Centre, and who has done so much to ensure its success over the past few years.

The Trustees decided to make the post of Chief Executive Officer redundant from the beginning of March due to the ongoing economic climate and the previous year’s reduced revenues. This cost-cutting exercise was deemed essential but it does mean the Trust can, hopefully, now go forward in a more robust and economically viable way.

The Trustees want to reassure all supporters that the Centre is continuing to operate as normal and they intend that it will do so for the foreseeable future.

This means that, for a while at least, Val will not be at the Centre, though of course she is the Founder of the Trust and may return in the future in a different role. The work she has put in to establish the charity and set up the Pony Centre over a number of years is immeasurable and for this we are all extremely grateful. It is her enthusiasm and determination to give the ponies useful lives that has enabled the Trust to achieve all that it has and to offer a brighter, more secure, future for many young Exmoor ponies.