The Moorland Mousie Trust at the Exmoor Pony Centre

The Moorland Mousie Trust at the Exmoor Pony Centre

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The Moorland Mousie Trust at the Exmoor Pony Centre

The Moorland Mousie Trust, based at the Exmoor Pony Centre, works solely for the benefit of the rare-breed Exmoor pony to ensure its welfare, conservation and promotion.

Founded 2000

  • Mission statement

    Just 60 years ago numbers of pure bred Exmoor ponies were severely threatened, with only around 50 ponies surviving worldwide. The Exmoor is one of Britain's iconic native breeds of pony and yet is a designated rare-breed and classified as an endangered species.

    Currently there are approximately 3,000 ponies worldwide. From our base at the Exmoor Pony Centre, the Moorland Mousie Trust works to ensure the survival of and increase in popularity of this very special pony.

    Each year the Trust takes in surplus and unwanted foals following the autumn gatherings. Each youngster is handled using natural horsemanship techniques, wormed and health checked. Colt foals are gelded. Once handled the foals will have built a trust in humans and are then ready to move on to foster homes or conservation grazing sites. The welfare of our ponies is paramount and we continue to monitor their progress throughout their lives.

    The Exmoor Pony Centre acts as a popular focal point for this very special breed. Operating as a Visitor and Riding Centre since 2006, the Trust is delighted to welcome visitors and introduce them to the beautiful Exmoor ponies in our care. We are committed to ensuring that our visitors leave with a smile on their faces and a deeper understanding of the place of the Exmoor pony in our natural environment.

  • Aims

    The Moorland Mousie Trust at the Exmoor Pony Centre aims to:

    • Conserve and promote the Exmoor pony, a part of England’s national heritage
    • Further animal welfare, through improved care and handling of the Exmoor ponies
    • Educate the general public about Exmoor ponies, their habitat and role in the biodiversity of the moor
    • Encourage the utilisation of Exmoor ponies on conservation grazing schemes
    • Through contact with the Exmoor ponies, provide equine therapy for children and adults with physical, mental or emotional difficulties
  • Overview

    Established: July 2000

    Registered Charity Number: 1116710

    Board members: 6

    Full time staff: 2

    Volunteers: 45

    Phone number: 01398 323093

    Address: AshwickDulvertonSomerset TA22 9QE

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