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!