Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Christmas Is Arriving Soon - Donations For Christmas!

Thanks to our wonderful friends at Naturally Animals it is now possible for supporters to donate Christmas presents for our charity ponies!

Herbs and essential oils are such an important part of our work here at People4ponies - not only helping to keep our ponies healthy, but they are also crucial for helping our rehabilitation cases to get well!  Now we are entering winter there is less plant variety about in the pastures...so what better Christmas present than some of their favourite self selection choices!

If you ring Naturally Animals on 01483 608322 and quote "People4ponies" it is possible to order products for the ponies - prices starting from just £3.75.  You won't be charged any postage - Naturally Animals will keep all the donations together until our last order for December, so all the donations should arrive in time for Christmas!!  The last date for ordering donations is Monday the 19th December!  Gift cards are also available...

Below is a list of some of their favourite products and an idea of prices...

Herbs: Seaweed - £4.50; Cider Vinegar - £4.50; Salt Lick - £5.85; Spearmint - £8.00; Rosehips - £9.50; Linseed - £10; Milkthistle - £11.00; Nettle - £12; Hawthorn - £12; Cleavers - £12.75; Marigold flowers- £13.00; Burdock Root - £13.75; Dandelion leaf - £15; Chamomile flowers - £16.80; Kidney tonic - £22.50.

Essential oils: Peppermint essential oil £3.75; Sage essential oil - £4.50; Marjoram essential oil - £5; Lavender essential oil £5.50; Ylang Ylang essential oil - £6.50; Frankincense essential oil - £7.20; Ravensara essential oil - £7.20; Yarrow essential oil - £13.14; Jasmine - £22.

Thank you everyone from all of us...especially the ponies themselves...anything you might be able to donate would be very much appreciated!!

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Sunday, 4 December 2016

Thank You's...And Animal Welfare Inquiry Update

Firstly, we want to say thank you to our younger supporters who have decided to undertake their own efforts in order to raise money for our ponies this Christmas!  Thank you to Faie who has been out "busking" and through her talents raised £20 for the ponies at the weekend...And another thank you to Kate and her friends who are running a stall selling cakes and toys as part of a school project and they have decided to donate the proceeds to P4P - we all really appreciate your efforts!

Secondly, we wanted to update everyone the results (published in November) of the government's EFRA Committee inquiry into the Animal Welfare Act.  We were amongst many charities and animal organisations that submitted written evidence as part of the review.

One of the most important recommendations of the review was that the government should place a statutory duty on local authorities to enforce the Animal Welfare Act, and that the government must ensure that the resources are provided in order for this to function.  This would be an important step forward because at the moment there is no statutory obligation for any one group to enforce the law - Trading Standards, Defra, The Police or The RSPCA can all take action, but none have an obligatory duty to do so.  Many small rescues have to struggle to get action for welfare cases, and often it is the media which actually facilitates some kind of action.  Enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act at the current moment is somewhat of a postcode lottery...some areas are more proactive than others.

The inquiry also recommended that the RSPCA should withdraw as acting as a prosecutor (when there is a statuatory body with the duty to carry out this role), and that penalties for offences relating to Animal Welfare are increased.  There were quite a few more recommendations relating to dogs - that people breeding more than 2 litters a year should be licensed as a breeder, there should be a ban on the 3rd party sale of dogs, there should be more protection for offspring, and that the minimum age of dogs allowed to enter the country should be set at 6 months to try to discourage the smuggling of dogs.

If you would like to read the full "Animal Welfare in Britain: Domestic pets" report please click here

It is great that the government have been reviewing the Animal Welfare Act - we just have to hope that changes will be made that will bring about actual enforcment of the law...without anyone enforcing it, the law is rendered useless and there is nothing worse having to fight for an animal in distress - when you know you can offer it sanctuary and yet no-one with the power of authority will facilitate that animal reaching safety.  Often buying animals can be the only route left for welfare groups...we need the Animal Welfare Act to work...and enforcement of other related areas too...such as enforcement at markets...and exporting/transport of animals live abroad.

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Friday, 2 December 2016

Beautiful weather

Just perfect...cold, frosty, and calm...we really appreciate this weather!

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Thursday, 1 December 2016

December is Here!

Today is the last of 2016s calendar photos for the year!  Here's a photo from last winter on a lovely frosty day - much like the beautiful weather we've had so far this week - very frosty!  All the boys together without a care in the world...just focussing on the important pony business of eating!  I think this photo must have been taken between storms as the horse agility equipment in the background is looking a bit disheveled!!

Thanks to all your support and purchases we now have only 4 People4ponies 2017 calendars remaining...so just enough if you're still thinking about ordering for Christmas presents!   Thank you to everyone who is remembering to use Easyfundraising whilst doing your Christmas shopping - all those donations are adding up!!  We're now at £507.82!!  Well done everyone!

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Thank You!

Thank you very much to Rachel Boase who came to visit us today...Wolfie was lucky enough to have a cranio-sacral treatment and we really appreciate Rachel's expertise in helping to make him a bit more comfortable.  He's had a poorly leg this week - not that it stopped him being first in a galloping herd of ponies heading out or back from the field...or play fighting and rearing up at Arthur and Dan!!

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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Simple Measures

This week has gone by so fast!  Thank you to everyone for helping to promote the results of our Bodmin research which were covered by Pirate FM and the Western Morning News...calling for there to be compulsory winter feeding of ponies by owners, provision of minerals all year around, and clean water supplies (with toxic ones fenced off)...all simple measures which should be provided under the Animal Welfare Act.

Thank you to Thea for donating the stall space for us yesterday at Wellington school where the tombola was popular with the children!  And thank you again to Catherine and Victoria for ponysitting for the day!
Our beautiful 36 year old!
The ponies are enjoying the full extent of their winter pasture now - Topsy stays on her lusher pasture but fancied an expedition into the main pony field to find just the perfect spot to roll in!

Oscar had his anniversary this week - 2 years since he arrived from the Dog's Trust...so he had a selection of tasty treats to celebrate!  Happy Anniversary Oscar!

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Monday, 21 November 2016

Bodmin Moor Ponies on BBC Breakfast

Today we were on Bodmin Moor to film with BBC Breakfast television who wanted to cover the story of the ponies on Bodmin Moor and the number of annual pony deaths there...The weather was absolutely torrential and Bodmin looked as bleak as ever.

I was really shocked at the lack of grazing in some areas today, as shown in the photo above - the ponies have to overwinter on this for the next 5 months and there is already very little to eat.  Just down the road from here in a field was a big, red, bull with a ring in his nose, leaning over a barbed wire fence desparate to eat the grass on the verge the other side - as I drove by I could see the 2 strands of barbed wire he was leaning over pressed hard against his chest - he was desparate to reach the grass...

...We have been told there are currently no plans for supplementary feeding to be provided for the Bodmin ponies this winter and so our message to the media and authorities is key for this year - there needs to be compulsory supplementation of hay by owners, mineral provision all year around, and safe water sources provided (with toxic supplies fenced off).  Without this there will be more deaths of ponies this winter.

Between March and June 2016, the People4ponies blog highlighted to the media and the public the ongoing situation on East Moor where 23 ponies died and at least 42 ponies were seized in emaciated condition (see the link to the left of this posting). Large scale problems have taken place on East Moor for many years. During 2016 offers of hay drops for the ponies on East Moor were rejected by the authorities. It is time action is taken to prevent these annual problems rather than only trying to act once there are animals in severely emaciated condition.   

It is great the media have highlighted the plight of the ponies, that the Commoners' Council has been formed, and that there have been efforts to start microchipping ponies...but unless changes in management are made regarding feeding, the same problems that have existed for so many years will persist.

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 states that animals must be provided with a suitable environment, suitable diet, and be protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.  It is very important that provision of food comes from owners and/or from the Commoners' Council and the authorities. The animals are owned and should NOT be fed by the public. This can cause fighting between animals, cause the ponies to approach cars making them susceptible to road traffic accidents, and horses are susceptible to colic from eating the wrong foods.

 At the beginning of 2016, People4ponies decided to undertake a ground-breaking research project into the causes of the large scale, annual, equine welfare problems on Bodmin Moor.  The results of the scientific testing on 2 Bodmin Commons have been published on the People4ponies website and can be found on the following link: http://www.people4ponies.co.uk/bodminresearch.html
The results revealed huge deficiencies of minerals on East Moor and a combination of factors contributing to starvation.

At Minions/Caradon Hill, the results revealed heavy metal toxicity (including arsenic) onsite, ponies with bioaccumulation of heavy metals/toxic elements, and pasture deficient 6 out of 7 minerals (unable to provide even a minimum daily recommendation levels for breeding and non-breeding animals). As the ponies are "farmed" animals there is potential for toxicity to be passed into the human food chain, or into consuming animals.  http://www.people4ponies.co.uk/P4PMinionsEquineWelfareResearchReport.pdf

This research has the potential to end the welfare problems on Bodmin Moor...and we need your help to make this happen! We would like to ask our supporters and the public to spread the word on social media about this research and to seek assurances from the Bodmin Commoners' Council, Defra, MPs Scott Mann (East Moor) and Sheryll Murray (Minions), and the big charities which have been involved on East Moor and Bodmin that the ponies are fed this winter, that clean water supplies are provided for livestock at Minions/Caradon and the dangerous water sources are sectioned off. If hay is sourced from areas away from Bodmin the better mineral content would benefit the ponies.

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Sunday, 20 November 2016

Christmas Without Cruelty Festival

We had a fantastic day at the Christmas Without Cruelty Festival yesterday - thank you so much to everyone who came to support us and the other stalls - such a brilliant turnout - and to the organisers for all their hard work to make the event happen...

...We were able to promote our Bodmin research, and set the record straight about what is happening on Dartmoor (lots of people had questions after having seen some rather clever marketing on TV this week which didn't quite tell the whole story and focus of what is happening on the moor!).  It was lovely to see Thea, Julie, and Diane who came to lend a hand and brought some apples for the ponies too!

Thanks to all your support, we raised an amazing £334.70 on our stall...thank you so much everyone!!!!

Thanks also go to Catherine and Victoria who were ponysitting for us.  Driving home last night storm Angus was taking hold...what terrible weather...calmer today...looks like there'll be another big storm tomorrow...

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Saturday, 19 November 2016

First Snow Of The Winter!

Today we were greeted by the first snow of the season!  Quite early for the winter too!  It turned to rain later but Exmoor continued to have snow all day.

We've got quite a lot of blogging to catch up on so we'll attempt to start that over the weekend.  Thanks this week to Roger who helped to track down the location of a water leak - the big digger was on the yard for a couple of days and the ponies coped with it really well. Thank you also to Archie who helped Margaret at the yard this afternoon!

In the meantime, we're looking forward to seeing everyone at the Christmas Without Cruelty Festival tomorrow!!

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Puffin's Family Visit

Puffin's family went out to visit him and his friends last weekend and were kind enough to share some of their wonderful pictures with us!

Clearly Puffin's been determined to eat well for the winter!
The ponies here usually return to a good sized wasitline by February!  Good
job he's got those steep hills to keep him fit!!

Breeze - he and Puffin are best friends!

Spot the ponies!

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