What a year 2016 has been! Here's a brief review of the year for P4P...
...January started with frosty weather, Margaret being out of action for a while...and we had our amazing day visit from the ladies at Naturally Animals!
February saw the arrival of Puffin and Babe and the new chickens. Babe was really quite poorly with pedal bone rotation and laminitis...we were also becoming aware of a crisis unfolding on Bodmin Moor...
...And we used the blog to expose the crisis underway on East Moor, Bodmin in an effort to get help for the ponies there. At the point of our blog release there were 11 dead ponies out on the Common and very many in emaciated condition. We never expected that this campaign would need to be so long running and the last emaciated ponies were finally removed in June. In the end at least 23 died and 42 were seized in emaciated condition between February and June 2016 - on just one Common. This was the start of our big research project into testing the ponies and the environment on Bodmin Moor.
Topsy upgraded herself to the greener pastures of the sheep field in order to increase calories and make sure she has plenty to eat!
In July we made our hay, rescued a family of hedgehogs...and the ponies demolished one whole wall of the stable!
In the late summer, Thea ran a workshop for P4P and Angela was making preparations for her quadbike adventure...there was lots of writing up and collating the Bodmin results.
October saw the release of our Bodmin research...and we patrolled and reported on the 3 wild pony markets Brendon, Hallworthy and Chagford. Bill the horse dentist came to visit Bobby and Wolfie.
In November, Babe moved to her new home, the first snow of winter fell, Christmas fundraising stalls were underway...there was a feature on BBC Breakfast...and a water leak had to be chased.
And in December Munchkin returned!
What a year it's been! We've met some amazing and very courageous people and as ever we are very grateful to all our volunteers and supporters! Thank you!
Happy New Year everyone - we hope 2017 brings lots of joy, hope, and happiness to the world...and positive changes for the ponies that need it the most!
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