Tuesday, 25 April 2017


Look who's been rumbled!!!!  Any guesses?   

Yep, it's Munchie who cheekily found himself the best spot "in the house"!!

He's doing so well with his rehab but has a hoof abscess at the moment that flaired up yesterday - he's been having extra special treatment and is still feeling perky despite having a poorly foot...he is getting better!  The old dead tissue in the foot has to go...making room for all that lovely new internal structure that's forming. 

Couldn't help but take some photos in the snow - absolutely freezing out there today, rather a shock after the warm weather we've been having recently!!  We'll look forward to posting Munchie's before and after photos soon...

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Saturday, 22 April 2017

Jeremy + April Update

Photo of Jeremy in his youth - with his lovely summer coat
It's four weeks today that we last saw Jeremy - a month now since he went missing.  We've been overwhelmed at how brilliant people have been at sharing the word about Jeremy.  Everywhere I've been across Devon people have heard about Jeremy the pony and ask me if there's any news about him.  They've either seen him on Spotlight, or read about him on Facebook....which has spread the word across the country.  We've even had one lady contact us from Scotland.  Despite all this wonderful support there have been no sightings or leads at all...we continue to hope that some sort of information or sighting might still be brought to light...having a pony disappear is not an experience I would wish on anyone...

P4P Smarty Pants is hoping for a
replacement companion to arrive soon.
There's so much to keep up on top of at the yard too - Roger has decided on the field we are going to use for hay for this year (not the one we were expecting), and home-checks and visits.  We're so grateful for the lovely weather that we've been having - it has really made such a difference with no mud to contend with.  The ponies are all in full shedding mode and Munchkin has been coming on leaps and bounds with his rehab.  Roy says that Munchie is a "completely different animal" to when he arrived in December.

The Friday before Jeremy disappeared we had been to visit Babe but her blog update was overtaken by events...but Frances has done an amazing job with Babe - following her "recommended plan" and her feet have continued to rehab.  Babe has certainly benefited from the 24 hour turnout she can also have on Frances' grass.  I know that Frances will always call if she's worried which is always a weight off of my mind!

With the spring grass "springing" up we feel so lucky to have landed on the path that we've been on with our project rehabbing the laminitics - the ponies that always had to be on super-restriction now have their summers back grazing with the herd and that is such an amazing gift to be out grazing and laminitis free - we love hearing those super hard hooves in the yard too.  Hooves that are self maintaining, sound on all surfaces, and so hard they sound just like horseshoes.  Munchie will get there too...he's still a bit too early on in his rehab to let him go fully on the grass yet but he is getting grass turnout at the beginning and end of the day...we'll increase it once the grass passes its lushest growing season.

Lots of happy stories...we just wish Jeremy's story would have a happy end too....

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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Horse & Hound Feature Jeremy

Thank you to Horse and Hound magazine for featuring Jeremy -


We heard from Jenny who has Bisto this week and it was lovely to have an update on how well he's doing.  They were stopped earlier in the week by someone asking if Bisto was the stolen pony "off the TV" -  Bisto is a half brother to Jeremy so it was very clever spotting...so good to hear that people are looking after seeing the feature...but not Jeremy on this occasion...please do keep looking though...3 weeks now he's been missing and still no sightings or leads....

Bisto, half brother of Jeremy
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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Jeremy Feature On BBC Spotlight

No sightings of Jeremy the pony as yet, so please keep sharing - he may be elsewhere in the SW or further afield even...

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Monday, 10 April 2017

BBC Spotlight and BBC Radio Coverage To Help Find Jeremy

We are very grateful for the coverage been given to missing Jeremy today by BBC Spotlight, BBC Radio stations and Pirate FM.  It has been just over 2 weeks now since Jeremy disappeared and despite all efforts there have been no sightings of him.

Since Jeremy disappeared, local residents have assisted by thoroughly searching the local area - but sadly there have been no sightings of Jeremy at all.   A Facebook page "Help Find Jeremy" has also been set up to help search for him.

Faye Stacey, head of People4ponies, said "We are all devastated that Jeremy has disappeared. What is so strange is that there is no trace of him anywhere - it looks very much as if he has been taken.  If he has indeed been stolen, he may no longer be in the area. He may have even been sold on. We are all extremely concerned for his welfare and continue to ask for the public's help in finding him.

One of our supporters has generously offered a £500 reward for information leading to the safe return of Jeremy in the hope that it might prompt someone to come forward with information.

If someone does think they saw something, or think they have seen a pony matching Jeremy's description we would ask them to get in touch".

 Jeremy is an Exmoor X, bay gelding - light brown in colour and is approximately 12 hands high.

If anyone wishes to share information or sightings of Jeremy anonymously, they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They can also report information by calling Devon and Cornwall Police on 101 and quoting crime reference number CR022583/17; or by contacting People4ponies directly on 07968 071179 or people4ponies@yahoo.co.uk

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Please Help To Find Jeremy - Still Missing/Stolen - £500 Reward donated...Please Share

Please Help Us Find Jeremy

**A £500 reward has been donated for information leading to the safe return of Jeremy the pony**

We really need to ask for everyone's help...one of our charity ponies has been stolen. 

Jeremy the pony has disappeared without trace from the Morwenstow/Welcombe area on the Cornwall/Devon border. He was last seen on the evening of Saturday 25th March 2017.

He is missing, possibly stolen. The whole area has been searched over and over again and there is absolutely no sign of him anywhere.

Please help us to find Jeremy - he is an Exmoor X, bay gelding, approx. 12hh.

The Police have issued a press release and have sent Jeremy's description out via HorseWatch and FarmWatch.

There is a "Help Find Jeremy" page on Facebook dedicated to finding him.

We are devastated that this has happened. If you think you have seen Jeremy, or have any information about him, or his whereabouts (calls can be taken anonymously), please either contact:

• Devon and Cornwall Police by calling 101, and quoting crime reference number CR022583/17

• People4ponies on 07968 071179, or by email at: people4ponies@yahoo.co.uk

  • If anyone wishes to share information or sightings of Jeremy anonymously, they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A "Find Jeremy" page has also been added to our main website - please share the link to the webpage, this blog posting, and continue to share via Facebook.  
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Monday, 27 March 2017

Please Help To Find Jeremy The Pony - Stolen/Missing

31/03/17 - We've been all over the site again today with a wonderful friend and her amazing forensic dogs - we thought that Jeremy was not deceased on site and the dogs have confirmed this for us, which is great.  My car gave up today with a mechanical problem and needs the AA out to fix it - so thanks to Margaret for driving all the way out to the site and waiting for hours for us to get back.  All the Facebook, news and media coverage means the word is spreading about Jeremy - which we are so grateful for...just hoping for a sighting.  We are also extremely grateful to everyone who has organised and is going to an arranged search for him tomorrow.  Keeping fingers crossed...   
29/03/17 - Just to confirm that Jeremy the pony is still missing - we didn't get back home until 11.30pm tonight - we've searched everywhere again and there is absolutely no sign of him - that's the 4th day now that people have been out searching the area.  Thank you so much to the wonderful people, including horse riders, who have been out helping to look for Jeremy - we really appreciate your help.  Today we've leaflet-ted local farms.  Please keep sharing about Jeremy on social media etc...fingers crossed someone somewhere must have seen him...

Please Help To Find Jeremy The Pony - Stolen/Missing

We really need to ask for everyone's help...Jeremy the pony has disappeared without trace from his new home and is missing, possibly stolen...we are absolutely devastated.  The whole area has been searched over and over again and there is absolutely no sign of him anywhere. 

Unbelievably he was stolen a few years ago and was found via social media so please Facebook and share online...Please can you share this post to help find him...


Jeremy is an Exmoor X, bay gelding, approximately 12hh.  He was last seen in the Welcombe/Morwenstow area on the Devon/Cornwall border.

If you think you have seen Jeremy, or have any information about him, or his whereabouts please contact us on 07968 071179 or people4ponies@yahoo.co.uk...or call 101 and quote crime reference number CR022583/17

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Saturday, 25 March 2017


Today was a big day and change for Jeremy the pony...his foster family have lovingly cared for him for over 3 years but a change in circumstances means it is no longer possible for him to remain with them at home...not what they had wanted or planned at all and he has been very much part of the family...

...But we could provide the next best thing...he could join our other nature reserve ponies who live closeby and his foster family can still visit him whenever they like.  This site is PONY PARADISE and it means our little herd there has grown from a family of 3 to 4.  Huge thank yous to Vanessa and Lisa for loading and transporting Jeremy for us!

We just love this site so much!

Reunited...the boys meeting again

Jeremy, Breeze and Puffin

Beautiful site

Woohoo...group "flyby" from the boys

Later on...spot the ponies (they are in this photo!)


Breeze and Jeremy

Handsome Puffin

Happy herd together :0)

Blogger Anita Rayer said...
Thanks for all your support yesterday faye, mixed emotions, but lovely to see him looking so happy. I've set up a regular payment to sponsor him, will pop over next weekend and check up on them all. Anita x
26 March 2017 at 07:49

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Friday, 17 March 2017

East Moor Cows

Last weekend we again reported cows on East Moor to the authorities - 5 weeks after we originally reported them.  The cows have not been removed from the moor - nor have they been fed out on the moor by their owner and their condition has continued to deteriorate.  This is so frustrating - beef cows are worth a lot of money - and farmers on upland areas get good subsidies.  It was even stated in the Cornish news this week that the price of beef cows has gone up since Brexit!  It makes no economic sense to keep animals in this condition and is yet again not a good advert for Cornwall.  After so much media attention on East Moor last year too.  Is feeding your own animals really too much to ask?  It is covered in the legislation regarding farmed animals...

Feed, water and other substances

22.Animals must be fed a wholesome diet which is appropriate to their age and species and which is fed to them in sufficient quantity to maintain them in good health, to satisfy their nutritional needs and to promote a positive state of well-being.

24.   All animals must have access to feed at intervals appropriate to their physiological needs (and, in any case, at least once a day), except where a veterinary surgeon acting in the exercise of his profession otherwise directs. 

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Thursday, 9 March 2017

A Day of Spring...

It was a lovely spring day today and very much needed!  We were lucky enough to have Catherine come to help...which meant after doing all the chores Faye and Arthur were finally able to get back to some ridden work - something they've missed doing - Arthur was fab...remembered everything and showed off his skills.  Munchie was quite envious but he will have to wait some time before he can do ridden work again, so he had a go at some obstacles with Catherine "in-hand".

Roy and Joyce came to visit.  Roy was our "broom mechanic" of the day bringing a new broom and revamping some of the others - bringing us memories of the famous comedy sketch of Trigger still having his original broom after many years dedicated service (17 new heads and 14 new handles!).

Munchie is getting so much better every day and is shedding lots and lots of coat - he's nearly looking normal now but still has a way to go.  He has the same hoof condition as Babe but from different causes - he is a pedal bone rotation rehab case but we have also needed to rehab his kidneys and digestive system too.  He is coming along really well bless him and is following in Babe's hoofprints so to speak.  His hooves have improved a lot but it will be a quite before he has grown new hoof capsules.  He's always got a willing companion to help him eat hay when he's in the yard!
The other boys really aren't losing their coats yet - Frodo is usually the first to start losing his so they obviously think it's going to be a late spring this year...

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Friday, 3 March 2017

March Calendar Update and the "Young at Heart" Talk

Thank you to the "Young at Heart" group who invited Faye to visit this afternoon and talk about the work of People4ponies - it was lovely to meet everyone and we are very appreciative of their kind donations - thank you everyone!

We need to catch up with our P4P calendar stories as we have now reached March!  Puffin has cunningly featured himself on two consecutive months on the 2017 calendar.  We couldn't resist adding this photo which was captured by Margaret and Norman who fostered Puffin.  They went to check Puffin and Beth the donkey one morning and found that a deer had come out of the woods to join them.  They said it stayed with Puffin and Beth for a couple of days before disappearing again!  It's a fabulous photo and I love the expressions on their faces and the deer looking so majestic!  Thank you Margaret and Norman for letting us use the photo and for sharing it with everyone!

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Mud, Mucking Out and Haynets

This is always the hardest part of the year - the last part of winter is always a slog - lots of rain... mud...the most hay to feed...which inevitably leads to more mucking out!  Whilst it is a slog there are always hints of promise...of a corner about to be turned...the days are getting longer/lighter, when the sun comes out there's a hint of warmth (so only 4 jumpers are needed rather than 6 to keep warm!), Topsy and Munchie are losing their coats, and when it's dry for a couple of days the mud actually starts to dry up a little bit...snowdrops and daffodils are out so spring is on it's way!! 🌞

We're so lucky to have the big concrete yard that the ponies have access to all the time. The ponies are so grateful for their extra herbs too...and for the extra apples Thea donated for them last week.  We'd also like to thank Roy, Margaret, Faie and Rachel who helped out last week so Faye could have 3 days off in a row - the first time off since 2013...thank you!

Dan had a foray on Saturday morning into Topsy's field which he really enjoyed!  He came down from the pony field to find the double gates just happened to be open...and the grass really is a lot greener on the other side!

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Saturday, 11 February 2017

Snow Ponies

We had snow showers this morning - although they lasted all morning they didn't settle - it was nice to see some snow but without any real extreme weather conditions!

Munchie's progressing well
with his rehab

Thank you to Roy for coming over to do some extra tractor work for us this afternoon - assisted by Archie in the yard too.  Margaret's been keeping the ponies stocked up with apples too which they really do appreciate!

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Friday, 3 February 2017

Bodmin Update - East Moor

Some of our supporters have been asking for a Bodmin update and whether we think there will be problems with the livestock this year...

...Last Sunday (29th January) we went to the Common which we highlighted with our welfare blog last year - where at least 23 ponies died and 42 were seized in emaciated condition.  It is certainly the area of Bodmin that received the most attention...so this is what we found last weekend...click on the photos to enlarge them.

The Environment...The weather last weekend on East Moor really helped to show how bleak and poor the environment is up there...this Common is only approximately 3 miles in area, which might sound like a big area but this is what the animals have to eat...

"The better area" - one of the "river" channels where the grass is a little better than on the higher parts

The higher areas - very wet and the
 vegetation is extremely poor

The marsh areas - and lichen on
 the trees

The skull of one of last year's dead ponies 
When there is a rare patch of green grass, it is so intensively
used, particularly by the cows, that they are turning into latrine areas.
 The Livestock...On the 29th we saw 3 herds of beef cows - approximately 75 cows.  One herd was being fed on the moor and we saw them running to meet the farmer.

On the opposite side to the fed herd were two herds of thin beef cows - we passed the photographs on to Trading Standards, who in turn informed Animal Health and the Commoners Council, who we were told would visit the following day.  These cows were still out on the moor on the 3rd February.  They are clearly not able to get enough sustenance to maintain their body weights - as the photos show - spine, pelvis, hips and ribs all clearly visible.  

We didn't see any sheep out on the moor.
Thin beef cow with pelvis, hip, ribs and spine visible

Some of the ponies which were part of the September round-up have "disappeared" and haven't been seen for 2 weeks - they had tags in their mane and were spray painted.  We think that they must have been removed from the moor by their owner(s).  

There are 2 "unmarked" pony herds - some of these ponies were removed before the September round-up and then put back out after it had happened.  Whilst they wouldn't be considered thin yet, they have clearly lost their summer reserves now, the mares are pregnant and the spring grass doesn't come until May.  We will be watching...the ponies are still a concern to us, as are the cows!

                             So Bodmin is still an area to be watched this year!

Just for comparison - the photos below were taken on the north side of Dartmoor - just 25 miles away - they were taken the same day as the Bodmin photos and Dartmoor looks so much greener and so different to Bodmin!

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