Friday, 29 September 2017


We had a lovely email update about Puffin at the weekend!  He's been accompanying Kate and Polo out on their adventures and he's even having a go at some in-hand jumping which sounds great!  What a lucky pony Puffin is!!

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Well Done Angela!

Congratulations to Angela who today successfully completed her epic mission from Lands End to John O' Groats and back on her quadbike!  What an amazing achievement, and all the more impressive that she kept going despite two failed attempts!  Such a brave lady!  Well done Angela!

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Jeremy's Been Missing 6 Months...

It was six months ago yesterday that we last saw Jeremy - it is really hard not knowing what happened to him and we can't help feeling like we let his loan family down too - it was meant to be a move that was beneficial for everyone and we didn't expect to be let down by the Wildlife Trust either...but I thought I would just repost his picture here just in case anyone thinks they see him...

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Saturday, 23 September 2017

Surprise Visitors!

The ponies enjoyed their surprise visit from Stephanie, Ray and Max this afternoon!  The boys had brought their wellies which was ideal for getting out into the field to meet the ponies - photos here with Arthur and Munchie!

Margaret's been busy making raspberry jam and redcurrant jelly, thanks to the generous donation of fruit from Sue and Nigel!  There'll be lots of people happy about that...and Margaret's getting ready for the Apple Fair and the Christmas Without Cruelty Festival!!

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Friday, 22 September 2017

Pony Summary Of This Week!

It was lovely to see Wolfie and Breeze on Tuesday - they are really enjoying the site they live on!  They had a hoof trim as it's a bit wet underhoof - not easy for them to trim their hooves themselves.  They have just a little bit longer on this patch whilst the weather is OK and then they move onto their winter pasture.

There's been lots of coverage in the local and national media this week about the "conservation" scheme to eat Dartmoor ponies (not surprising timing with market time coming up - also an effort to sell extra ponies at the market by appealing to people who will travel to pay to "save one" from the meat fate) - but hardly anything at all to reveal the real situation on the moor.

We are pleased to see that the Mare and Foal Sanctuary has been in the media today urging people NOT to eat or buy Dartmoor Pony meat - totally refuting claims it could save the breed.  We are also pleased to see that general media coverage has led to a surge in people finding our "Eat Ponies To Save Them..Yet Again" Blog post that I wrote after the Countryfile feature a few weeks ago - so hopefully people are better informed about what is really happening on the moors.

For those thinking about People4ponies calendars already...we should have 2018 calendars available for sale soon!  We couldn't produce them through Vistaprint this year and a local printing company are helping us to produce our next edition - to our usual high's under design at the moment, so watch this space!! 

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Saturday, 16 September 2017


Congratulations to Angela who today has arrived at John O' Groats on her round trip from Lands End and back!  We're so pleased she's made it this far, and so quickly too!  It's her third attempt at this mission after a mechanical failure on the last two occasions, and the last time she ended up camping for a month in the hope she could get back on the road again...but it wasn't to be.  Third time lucky Angela!!!

Angela's fundraising for P4P on her journey which we are very grateful for - thank you if you have donated to Angela - I think she's the first person to have undertaken a fundraising epic mission with P4P as one of the chosen charities!  Amazing!


Cilla and Paul said...
That's fantastic! - very well done Angela. What a brave and determined lady.
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Monday, 11 September 2017

Oh, Bobby!

I'm aware that at the end of last week the grass changed and autumn is now well and truly upon us...and the ponies are definitely more hungry...but I thought the ponies were getting plenty to eat!!  Bobby obviously thinks he's so hungry he could eat a whole haystack - there were full haynets available out in the yard!!  As Jenny pointed out, this was one occasion where I did have time to get my camera to capture the moment as Bobby was not likely to move anywhere in the between time!!

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Star's Adventure

Star and Topsy
Star had a little adventure of her own yesterday!  Of course we never have the camera to hand in such scenarios!

We had drifted the girls into the yard to work with them...but somehow I'd been distracted and forgot to close the gate into the boy's field.  I could see Star heading purposefully up that way and I was thinking "uh-oh...oops...too late now".  It doesn't really matter to mix the boys and girls but Topsy is a bit fragile in her old age and doesn't want to take part in charging about.  She's an amazingly wise pony, so although she went a short distance into the boy's field, once she could see ponies running about she came straight back to the yard where she knows we can keep her safe.  Star headed straight out very purposefully and had all the boys run towards her - surrounded by all 6, my goodness was this old lady perfectly in control of the whole situation!  Holding her presence and almost straight away gave Dan a good walloping, followed by Rocky...seeing this put Munchie, Arthur, Bobby and Frodo off completely and they instantly went back to eating.  So Star was perfectly in control of the lot of them.  Off she went exploring the field - finding that the grass actually isn't as green there as it is her normal side of the fence.  By the afternoon she was back in the yard of her own accord waiting to go back to join Topsy!  We never write off our ponies just because they are old!  Sadly it is so normal these days for ponies to be put to sleep just because of their age, but not at P4P - we love the spirit, character and wisdom of our older ponies!

You'll be pleased to hear that Angela is well on her way with her quadbike adventure - she's made it to Silverstone already so we hope that her journey continues to be stress and problem free!

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Friday, 1 September 2017

September's Here!

Somehow it's September already!!...and a new month brings a new calendar photo...a charge out to the promise of new grass...Rocky, Frodo and Bobby on a mission to get there first.  We love these action photos...and the sunshine the autumn often brings with it.

Sadly we won't be attending the Honiton Holistic Fair tomorrow as planned - a bit more recovery time is needed but we look forward to being back there again next year.

Good Luck to Angela who is braving a 3rd attempt of her round trip from Lands End to John O' Groats again.  We have our fingers crossed that this will be third time lucky for her!!

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