Monday, 2 November 2015

A Message from Traprain Pony Whistler

A Message from Traprain Pony Whistler (alias Pegasus aka Midnight)

I wanted to share some photos with you as a Celebration of the wonderful work the Moorland Mousie Trust do on behalf of my fellow Exmoor pony pals. 

This is me, Whistler, as a newly arrived foal at the MMT Exmoor Pony Centre
MMT rescued me when I was just 6 months old and through the love, patience and devotion of my human friends at the MMT Centre I was given a new beginning.
and this is me today : a member of the MMT 13 Pony Kings of Traprain
As you can see from the photos, today I am very proud to say I am one of the 13 PONY KINGS OF TRAPRAIN - as well as being "step-dad" to youngest Pony Bob. 
Whistler whispering to Bob

Whistler teaching Bob how to groom
No pony could have greater friends than I have within my herd - and each one of us have our own "MMT story".....

The 13 pony kings taking a well-deserved snooze

We are proud to be able to say we are on the front cover of the 2016 MMT Calendar!

My herd hope you will feel keen to support our wonderful MMT family. We know first hand (or hoof....) that every penny raised through the sale of this Calendar is spent on ensuring the protection and survival of my wonderful breed, the Exmoor Pony. 

12 of the Traprain ponies
I am no longer a bewildered 6 month old foal rescued by MMT but instead rather proud to be called a very important MMT Traprain Conservation Pony..... Without MMT giving me a bright new beginning my outlook would have been very different.....

Whistler & Jessie playing after a mud bath

A great way to support my MMT Charity is through the sale of the 2016 Calendar. It has wonderful photos inside of my pony pals at North Berwick including the wonderful and wise Pony, Fir. There are humorous photos, a photo of "the Gathering of the Anchor Herd", yearlings at the Exmoor Pony Centre, a foster home pony - ponies displaying their wonderful Exmoor pony winter coats - and much more!.....

Liz now has a limited supply of these wonderful calendars for sale at the Traprain Car Park stall at weekends (ponies and weather permitting!) but you can also purchase the Calendar direct from MMT for just £7 (plus p & p) by clicking here, where you can also see the beautifully designed new 2015 MMT CHRISTMAS CARD which is now in stock at the Centre!

Friday, 16 October 2015

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

September Newsletter

Although we have had a great summer full of visitors and generous spenders, the Exmoor Pony Centre is still in dire need of extra funds to see the ponies through the winter as that is the time of highest expenditure and least income. If you can spare a large or small donation, please do not hesitate to get in touch on 01398 323093 or via  

We will be holding various fundraising events/evenings so keep a look out for posters and information to come and join in the fun.
This month is your last opportunity to buy raffle tickets in the hope of winning CASH prizes in our Grand Draw; tickets are just £1 each (or £10 for a book) and the prizes are 1st £500 2nd £200 and 3rd £100. Tickets can be bought via our on line shop via or direct from the Centre so don’t miss out; the draw will be held on 31st October!
Our Halloween event will be held at the Centre on Thursday 29th October from 11 till 3 during the half-term holiday; a variety of pony-based activities as well as refreshments will be available. After that our ridden ponies will go off for a well-earned break but a few of them will return for the special Christmas Weekend on 12th and 13th December when the ponies welcome children to join them on a ride, enjoy lots of Christmas fun and receive a present from the Christmas elves; early bookings are essential for that weekend.
If you know anyone in close reach of Hexhamshire there will be a Pleasure Ride held there on Sunday 11th October in aid of The Moorland Mousie Trust. It will be a 10 mile route through woods, tracks, moors and grassland with optional jumps & spectacular scenery, suitable for all abilities. Starting between 10am and 12.30.  Further details and application form available from
Thinking ahead, for any pony themed Christmas presents please visit the Centre or look at our online shop; there is a large selection of ideas at a variety of prices. Why not adopt a pony for someone or join them up to our 100 Club. Thank you to everyone who supports these precious rare breed ponies.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

July Newsletter

The Moorland Mousie Trust (Registered Charity No 1116710) has been running the Centre for nine years now and every year faces the same challenge to raise sufficient funds to keep and care for the ponies that it looks after.

There will be a Grand Draw this year with great prizes to win so please contact us to get your tickets in good time.

If you can offer any additional support or hold a fund-raising event on our behalf, please contact us on 01398 323093 or by email to

We are very grateful to all who sponsored our ponies and riders for the Golden Horseshoe Ride in May from which a grand total of £442 was raised.

During August we will be holding our usual Cream Tea afternoons every Thursday as detailed below. At each event there will be activities for children as well as refreshments for all and Pony Rides for those aged 4 or over and of course a chance for everyone to meet Exmoor ponies up close.

6th August from 12:00 till 3:00

13th August from 10:00 till 4:00 Open Day as part of the Exmoor Pony Festival

20th August from 12:00 till 3:00

27th August from 12:00 till 3:00

Please remember to book well in advance for any rides or Taster sessions over the summer to avoid disappointment; our number is 01398 3230903 and the Centre is open to visitors from 10:00 till 4:00 Sunday to Friday.

Come and see the Exmoor Horsebeast Heritage Exhibition by Dr Sue Baker, meet our ponies and visit our shop.

Monday, 29 June 2015

Sponsor - Get rid of Ragwort on Traprain

Removing poisonous ragwort from pony grazing site

Thirteen Exmoor Ponies currently live on Traprain Law as part of a conservation grazing scheme.

They eat the coarse grass and vegetation which allows all kinds of upland plants, birds, animals and insects to recover and thrive. They do an important and amazing job, happily living out in all weathers even through the harsh Scottish winters.

However, another plant that thrives up here is the dreaded Ragwort, all parts of which are poisonous to horses and ponies. 

Exmoor ponies seem to know instinctively not to eat it, but the risk is not worth taking and so the ragwort has to be removed.

Volunteer, Liz, has undertaken to clear Traprain of Ragwort. A mammoth task! 
Can you sponsor her?

All proceeds to the Moorland Mousie Trust
and Exmoor Pony Centre
Thank you for your help!

Sunday, 28 June 2015

New Home for Exmoor Pony, Scorpio

Exmoor ponies make wonderful companions for other horses.

When Irish Draught Horse, Bertie, lost his stablemate his owner needed to find a new friend to keep him company and stop him pining.

At the Exmoor Pony Centre, young colt Scorpio was looking for a home.

It was, as they say, a match made in heaven.

Scorpio, now re-named 'Teddy', and Bertie are firm friends and are rapidly becoming inseparable.

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Liz at Haddington Market

Liz will be running her stall at Haddington Farmers’ Market (Centre of Haddington, East Lothian) on Saturday 27th June 2015 from 9.00am to 2.00pm.

She will have lots of Moorland Mousie Trust merchandise - including Traprain Pony Manure! –and information leaflets available. All the takings go to support the ponies of Traprain and North Berwick – and, of course, those at The Exmoor Pony Centre! 

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

June on Traprain

Ponies on Traprain enjoying the June sunshine.

There are more photos from Liz on the Traprain Page here.

June Newsletter

The 50th Golden Horseshoe event was held in May – six volunteers and two members of staff (in their own time) took six Exmoor ponies and two others along for the 15 mile Sponsored Ride – it proved to be a great day, there were lots of positive comments from other riders and the ponies really enjoyed doing something out of their usual routines.

It was a great achievement for Dillon, a 7 year old who was only backed over the winter; he found it all very exciting but behaved really well. The total raised through sponsorship has yet to be announced but this event has been very helpful supporting the Moorland Mousie Trust in recent years and we are always grateful for their support.

The Activity Afternoon in half term took place on a lovely sunny day and those attending were able to get up close with the ponies and learn a lot about them. Many thanks to all who helped on the day and all who came and supported us.

Please come along to our Birthday Bash which will take place at the Centre on Sunday 26th July from 11:00 till 3:00; the day will include activities for children, refreshments for all and most importantly, pony rides for those aged 4 and over.

If you wish to arrange moorland rides or Taster sessions during school holidays, please book well in advance to guarantee you get a place. Please note that Taster sessions take place under cover, whatever the weather! Ring to book on 01398 323093 or email

If you could help us in any way, whether by helping out at the Centre or by holding a fund-raising event, please get in touch on 01398 323093.

Finally a FREE offer – if you would like some horse manure for your garden, do come along during our opening hours, 10 till 4 Sunday to Friday, with your own bags and help yourself!

Stallion Joins Czech Herd

The group of 14 mares who travelled to the Czech Republic in late January are well settled now and have recently been joined by a stallion, Northcroft Firestarter, who travelled across in April.

The project team there have been undertaking extensive observations of the ponies to ensure that they are adapting to their new environment and now that the stallion has arrived their group is complete. We look forward to watching this groups progress over the coming years as the first progeny will be appearing in Spring next year.

You can follow the Czech ponies at their European Wildlife facebook pages.

Northcroft Firestarter

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Work With Youngstock

Four H67 Farleywater boys

In our last update we told of the 12 yearlings that were in our care. These ponies came from herds H67 Farleywater, H8 Knightoncombe, herd 4 Wilmersham, herd 12 Hawkwell and herd 100 Porlock. 
These have very recently been joined by three colts from herd 44 who graze on Litton moor. Herd 44 have recently discovered records that show their herd history goes back at least 150 years. So these three little chaps have a lot to live up to. One of them was only born on 5thNovember last year so is still quite young. 

Some of these ponies are still able to be purchased from their breeders and it is hoped that the charity is only a temporary training home before these ponies find buyers and new homes for life. If you know anyone interested in the fun and rewarding experience of taking on a youngster please let them know about us. All the youngstock are fully registered, quality Exmoor ponies. 

The spring time is the season when we aim to geld our colt yearlings and six have already been operated on with a further six soon to be done overthe coming weeks. This is an important part of our work. Not all male ponies are destined to be stallions and neutering them gives them the best opportunity to be used as domestic ponies or as grazing ponies. The veterinary fees for this year will cost the charity in excess of £2000  and we are very grateful for the help and assistance of our various vets both in Exmoor and Northumberland as without them this cost would be much greater.  

Activity Days at the Exmoor Pony Centre

At our annual Pancakes and Ponies Event held in February half term, our wonderful volunteers served an awful lot of pancakes and lots of people came to join in the fun; enjoying pony rides, grooming and, of course, pancakes! The day raised over £500 which will go towards the up-keep of the ponies.

Pancake Day - Almost sold out!

We also held our Easter Open day on Sunday 5th April which brought in the crowds. The weather was fabulous and all the ponies were on top form.

Kestra and her team of volunteers gave over 70 pony rides and Tom was groomed until he was super shiny. These fundraising days are so vital as they not only bring in much needed pennies but they also engage with the wider public and help to make the Exmoor pony breed more accessible; ensuring more people can fall in love with this wonderful native breed!
Tom being groomed with volunteer, Amanda
On Saturday 4th April Tom was taken by Linzi to South Molton Wildlife Day held in the Pannier Market. South Molton was thriving with visitors and Tom was admired by lots of people. This is a great way for us to spread the word about our charity and the Exmoor Pony breed and to engage with our local communities.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

MAY Newsletter

Last year’s foals are growing fast now with spring grass and most of them have had the necessary operation to allow them to live a useful life without the risk of uncontrolled breeding. Of course all veterinary attention costs money so any contributions to these expenses would be very gratefully received by the Moorland Mousie Trust. Many of the youngsters are now on grazing land where they can concentrate on eating and growing for the next couple of years.

Our ridden ponies are back in the routine of regular exercise and six of them took part in the Golden Horseshoe Pleasure Ride in May to raise funds for the Centre; you can still sponsor them by texting MMTX22 £5 to 70070. Diamond, a seven-year-old, is being backed at the moment and thoroughly enjoying the process; he is such an enthusiastic pony and wants to meet everyone who visits the Centre.

We are looking for a new volunteer to come in to help with our shop and office work for a few hours on Tuesdays and Fridays each week; this would suit someone living locally who is not able or would prefer not to be involved in the mucking out and other heavier jobs. If this would interest you please email your details to

If you want to learn more about us we will be at Witheridge Fair on Saturday 20th June with one of our ponies. Advance notice that on Saturday 18th July you can also find us at Dulverton Fete with a pony too all being well.

Our annual Birthday Bash will take place at the Centre on Sunday 26th July from 11:00 till 3:00; this will include activities for children, refreshments for all and most importantly, pony rides for those aged 4 and over.

If you wish to arrange Moorland rides or Taster Sessions during school holidays, please book well in advance to guarantee you get a place. Please note that Taster sessions take place under cover, whatever the weather!

If you could help us in any way, whether by mucking out or by holding a fund-raising event, please get in touch on 01398 323093.

Finally a FREE offer – if you would like some horse manure for your garden, do come along during our opening hours, 10 till 4 Sunday to Friday, with your own bags and help yourself!

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Traprain Law, Scotland

This is beautiful Traprain Law in East Lothian, Scotland,
home to a herd of 13 Exmoor Ponies.
December 2014.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

April Newsletter

May half term Activity Day will take place on Thursday 28th from 12:00 till 3:00; pony rides and grooming, activities for children and refreshments for all will be available so come along and support our local rare breed.

If you wish to arrange moorland rides or Taster sessions during the May half-term, please book well in advance to guarantee you get a place. Note that Taster sessions take place under cover, whatever the weather!

Our Easter Open Day was a great success in lovely sunshine, adults as well as children enjoying pony rides and enthusiastic youngsters helping to groom a muddy pony; the same pony, Tom, met lots of friends at South Molton Wildlife Day.

The herd of Exmoor pony mares that travelled to the Czech Republic were joined in early April by a stallion on their new 99 acre home, reclaiming overgrown land. The local people seem to be thrilled with their new neighbours and we look forward to hearing news of offspring of this newly created herd in 2016.

Recently some new volunteers have joined us; we are very grateful for the extra help they provide and new friendly faces at the Centre. If you think you could help us in any way, whether by mucking out or by holding a fund-raising event, please do get in touch on 01398 323093 or via

There will be ponies and volunteers taking part in the Golden Horseshoe Pleasure Ride on May 17th so you can sponsor them by texting MMTX22 £5 to 70070

Alternatively, join our 100 club or become a Friend of MMT to support the charity and aid our work. The former will cost £15 per year and you will be entered into a monthly draw for cash prizes. As a Friend of MMT you pledge to pay a minimum of £36 per year and you will receive our regular newsletters.

Finally a FREE offer – if you would like some horse manure for your garden, do come along during our opening hours, 10 till 4 Sunday to Friday, with your own bags and help yourself!

Saturday, 14 March 2015

March Newsletter

Our Easter Open Day is on Sunday 5th April from 11:00 till 3:00. Come and join in with an Easter Egg Hunt, meet the ponies, enjoy refreshments, crafts and for over 4’s, pony rides. 

There is also a chance to meet an Exmoor Pony at South Molton Wildlife Day on Saturday 4th April between 9:00 and 1:00

Much has been made in the Czech Republic about the herd of ponies that arrived there in January and in April, they will be joined by a stallion to complete and increase their numbers. We look forward to seeing the offspring next year. You may have seen some film of their arrival as it featured on the news on both BBC and ITV when they also did a report from the Centre. 

Seven two year old ponies are doing a great job of grazing at Arlington Court and seven year old Jazz will be working with the ranger there during the season. Twelve foals born last year are currently at the Centre learning to be sociable though some of them are still available for purchase from their breeders.

Kate and Percy, two of our resident ponies have been having special treatment this winter with extra feeds and being stabled overnight which inevitably has resulted in more work and higher bills but we are pleased to say that they are both looking much better for it.

Please look at our website   for any further details about future events and more about the work we do to preserve and promote these wonderful ponies and please support us in any way that you can.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Traprain Ponies

Thanks to Liz for sending these photos of Bob and Dandelion in 'The Den' on Traprain.



Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Pancake Day

Pancake Day at the Centre was a great success. Pony rides and crafts were popular as usual and the Green Room team had one of their busiest and best open days ever, with a constant stream of customers and almost selling out of cakes and pancakes.

Sheila, Anne, Anna, Stephanie and Gail

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Exmoor Ponies travel to Czech Republic.

A very exciting project that the charity has undertaken over the last few months, is the setting up of a breeding herd of Exmoor ponies in the Czech Republic.

Full credit must go to our Trustee, Juliet Rogers who put in a great deal of work initially promoting ponies as the best conservation grazing animal. Once the ponies had been chosen, Juliet and her helpful team organised all fourteen mares and their owners who needed to comply to veterinary and legal requirements before the ponies were allowed to travel. 

The weekend before their overseas trip seven ponies grouped in Northumberland with Juliet and seven ponies grouped here at the pony Centre. They left these two locations and met up at the holding area near the docks to have a final inspection before being loaded onto the lorry and heading off to Frankfurt via the ferry. 

Exmoor Ponies Arriving in the Czech Republic
The ponies arrived to their new home; a huge enclosure just 20 miles from Prague. All ponies had travelled well and arrived in excellent condition. They also arrived to a media frenzy and made the national news in the Czech Republic. Back here in the UK, their previous owners breathed a sigh of relief that all ponies were safe and happy.

The promotion of this great project then began. The Trust and Centre have been filmed for both ITV and BBC news as well as having a great deal of publicity in local and regional papers and radio. We are thrilled with this outcome and so pleased that Exmoor ponies are being recognised internationally for their hardy and enduring qualities. 

We would like to thank the volunteers, vets and other accomplices who helped get this project underway. Without them it just wouldn’t have been possible.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Conservation Grazing at Arlington

Monty (left) and INXS (right) grazing with a friend at Arlington

Two year olds... but no temper tantrums!!

Many people often ask what has happened to last year’s youngstock? Well seven of the  ponies found a grazing placement at Arlington Court in North Devon

Kestra and Linzi went to see them in January to undertake a health check. All of these now gelded rising year olds were in fine health and enjoyed a little more human contact than their now normal daily visits by National Trust rangers, volunteers and dog walkers! 

Particularly Monty and INXS (two Herd 23 boys from the Milton’s herds of Withypool and
Anstey Common) who were keen to show us how much they had grown up. Monty being determined that he was able to administer the wormers to the rest of the gang and also put their head collars on for us… quite the cheeky chap!

Monty with Linzi

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Easter Open Day


Sunday, 5th April

11am to 3pm


Lots of Easter Fun for all Ages
  Come and enjoy Easter Sunday at our Centre. Crafts and activities for the children. Easter Egg Hunt for all the family. Pony rides and grooming. Refreshments in our Green Room building.  Minimum age for rides is 4 years old. Free admission with a small charge for activities.

More Information at

Telephone: 01398 323093

Older Ponies


During the winter months we have been keeping a close eye on some of our older residents. Kate, as many people will know, has been here at the Centre since we opened nearly 9 years ago. She is now 22 and although still keen to go out for a canter on the moor we feel that to keep her fit and healthy she requires a slightly more comfortable way of life. A comfy stable with veteran feed and plenty of hay each night does just the trick. She is looking fabulous and we are so pleased that with the extra attention from the dentist she is also keeping weight on through the winter better than ever, something the rest of the ridden ponies do not need to worry about!

Percy is another pony that we have kept a strictly close eye on over the last few months. After a bout of laminitis at a foster home in early spring he returned to the centre and seemed to lose condition going in to the winter months. After a check up from the vet and a comfy stable next to Kate each night, he too is now the picture of health.

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Foals For Sale

We still have a few moor-bred foals for sale, 
so please get in touch if you are interested 
in buying one of these beautiful Exmoor ponies.

February Newsletter

We have had a great start to the year; one of our supporters has very kindly donated rubber matting for our large foal barn which has made a world of difference.  Then we won a public vote on Facebook and received a pallet full of haylage from Silvermoor Haylage; many thanks to all who voted for the Moorland Mousie Trust to be the lucky charity.

Over recent months MMT has been involved in bringing together a group of 14 Exmoor mares to be sent to the Czech Republic where they wish to create a breeding herd. These came from all over the UK but gathered to familiarise with each other in two groups, one here at EPC and one in with our chairman in Northumberland; they then travelled in luxury transport to their new home where they arrived safely at the end of January. 

Winter snow has been a little inconvenient and meant extra work for staff but the younger ponies really enjoyed playing in it. Have a look on our Facebook page at the video and photos. If you took any great pics of ponies in the snow, we would love to see them and maybe they could be chosen for use on a calendar!

If you have unwanted but wearable clothes or shoes that you want to clear out to make more space, please bring them along to the Exmoor Pony Centre as we are trying to collect a ton (weight) of clothing to Clothes for Charity to raise £250 for the Trust.

Many thanks to all those who host collection tins for us, in particular Winsford Stores which has now closed but we wish the new Volunteer run shop in the pub every luck with their venture. If you think you could have a collection tin in your business to raise some money to support the Moorland Mousie Trust, please let us know  on 01398 323093.

We look forward to the Easter holidays when we will have an Easter Open Day on Sunday 5th April between 11 am and 3 pm and we are also excited that the dates for the Exmoor Pony Festival have been announced; it will take place from 8th to 16th August and more details will be available soon.
Finally if you would like to book up for a Taster Session or an Exmoor Experience Ride during the Easter holidays, please don’t leave it to the last minute as you risk disappointment; the number for all enquiries is 01398 323093 and if we are outside working with the ponies, the machine will take your message. Alternatively email us on

Thanks for your support.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Pancakes and Ponies

January Newsletter

Three more foals were taken in on Christmas Eve making a total of ten foals to feed and care for over the Christmas period.  The majority are for sale from their herd owners and are just temporarily with us so if you know of anyone wishing to buy a moor-bred foal, please contact the breeders directly or contact us so that we can put you in touch with the relevant people.

Santa Sundays were a great success and the ponies were all well-behaved – We didn’t see if Santa slipped them some carrots or if they were hoping for presents too! We are very grateful to the Barle Singers for the Carol Concert they gave in the Green Room to raise funds for the ponies and hope that they may make a return visit; our heartfelt thanks to the volunteer who organised the evening and supplied lovely mince pies and mulled wine too!

Unfortunately costs are rising all the time and going into 2015 we would love to find more foster homes for some of the ponies in our care; if you need a companion pony or have space for two or three, please ring us on 01398 323093 to talk about the possibilities.

Tuesday 17th February Pancakes and Ponies from 12 – 3; why not join us for some pony activities for children and refreshments and pancakes for everyone! No booking needed just turn up on the day. During February half term the adoption ponies will be back at the Centre to meet any adopters who book in advance to visit them; this is weather dependent so please call in advance to check.

New Volunteers are always welcome at the Centre so whether you like mucking out, prefer admin tasks or if you would like to organise a fund-raising event for us, please get in touch.

Why not join our Friends of Moorland Mousie Trust scheme and receive regular updates of our news for just £3 per month. Call for details or email  All the money you give goes towards looking after the ponies and your support is greatly appreciated. You can also give by Texting MMTX22 £5 to 70070.

Thank you.