Save the Exmoor Pony Centre

The Exmoor Pony Centre has homed more than 300 unwanted foals. 5000 people a year visit us. We must raise £20,000 or close.

£32,785 raised of £30,000 stretch target 100 %
823 supporters 7 days left
This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by 10:49am 2nd June 2017

New stretch target


You have been brilliant - but your help is still needed!


Thanks to you, our generous supporters, we have now reached our stretch target of £30,000 and we cannot thank you enough. Between you, you have rescued the Exmoor Pony Centre. Without you, we would be closing in 2 months' time.

We set our initial target of £20k to try and ensure the Centre could continue to operate until the end of the year. After an amazing first week, this target was reached and we were celebrating the fact that we could definitely keep the Centre open to the public for the rest of this year and hopefully welcome many more people to enjoy the rare-breed Exmoor Pony.

Even more amazing, you have now enabled us to reach our stretch target of £30k and we can do so much more. We can begin to implement the next stage of our rescue plan which is to make sure all the funds and goodwill we have already received will be used wisely and to best advantage to ensure the welfare and security of our ponies for years to come.

Any extra money raised will be used to improve the operational efficiency of the Centre so that, with careful management of resources and expense, we can ensure our survival in the longer term and be in a strong position to take in more foals in future years.

But the hard work for our charity won’t stop and we are still in need of funds to help us secure a long term future for the Centre and for the ponies.

Every foal we take in each Autumn can cost over £1000 in its first year with us.  Every penny we raise will help towards taking in these ponies that have nowhere else to go and ensuring staff and volunteers can continue to give them the highest standards of care while we continue to fundraise and work towards a sustainable and viable future for the Centre.

You have already given so much but can we ask that, in the last few days of our campaign, you could keep spreading the word about our appeal and encourage those who haven’t already heard of us to take a look at our site? We are able to take donations via Crowdfunder until Friday 2nd June.

Together, we can make sure this special place will continue to help the very special Exmoor Ponies we all love and care for.


In 1947, the Exmoor Pony was on the edge of extinction.

Now, the Exmoor Pony Centre is also on the edge.

Without funding it will close at the end of August.

We appeal for your help to enable us to remain open and continue our work with the unique but endangered native Exmoor Pony.

The Exmoor Pony Centre is run by the Moorland Mousie Trust, a charity formed 17 years ago to help the many unwanted moor bred Exmoor ponies, mainly colt foals, which were being slaughtered every year after the annual pony gatherings.

It was named after Moorland Mousie, the eponymous Exmoor Pony made famous in the book by Golden Gorse in the late 1920s.  Moorland Mousie's life depicted the wonderful character of the Exmoor Pony breed.

The Exmoor Pony is classified as 'endangered' by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and carefully controlled breeding is essential to replenish the diminished gene pool.  Filly foals are retained for breeding but only a few stallions are needed and many colt foals have to be re-homed or else slaughtered.

At the Centre we take in unwanted foals.

Using sensitive handling methods, we give them essential veterinary treatment, neuter the colts, and accustom them to being headcollared and led.  We then place them with foster homes or with conservation grazing schemes where they can lead happy and useful lives. This also helps the herd owners, most of whom are from the local farming community, to continue breeding in a responsible and humane way, ensuring the presence of the free-living herds for future generations.

The Centre is also our trading base and our link with the public.

Here, we raise the income we need to support our charitable work with the ponies.

It is the only licensed, professional facility on Exmoor open to the public where people of all ages and abilities can get close to, handle and learn about Exmoor Ponies and their special qualities; and where they can have a carefully supervised ride either in the safety of an indoor arena or trekking on the moor.


We welcome approximately 5000 visitors a year to the Centre and around 600 people a year ride an Exmoor Pony with us.

We welcome local groups of all ages and backgrounds and we also go to local schools, events and care homes and take ponies to those who, because of age, disability or other reasons, are unable to visit the Centre.


We employ local people and offer work experience to students, including those not in mainstream education who, along with our volunteers, enjoy interacting  and socialising while others gain vital life skills and benefit mentally and physically from working with animals. Local businesses, hotels, restaurants and shops benefit from the visitors from home and abroad who come specifically to see and ride our ponies.

Our income last year was £50,000

Our outgoings were £60,000

We are struggling to survive

It is becoming increasingly difficult to find grant funding for an animal charity. We already operate on a shoestring. Our 2 staff members work long hours for low pay because they love the job and we are totally dependant on our loyal volunteers. Without them we could not operate.

Without the Centre, we will no longer be able to open to the public. This will severely impact on our ability to raise funds from activities and events, which ultimately will affect the number of foals we are able to take in.


All of us at the Exmoor Pony Centre will be hugely grateful for your support.

"Thank you", from staff, volunteers and ponies.

Visit Our Website to find out more about the Moorland Mousie Trust and the Exmoor Pony Centre