Help a therapy pony in the Corona crisis

by Kimzy West in Sandbach, England, United Kingdom

Help a therapy pony in the Corona crisis

Total raised £295

raised so far



Due to the Corona crisis we are unable to raise funds for our miniature ponies

by Kimzy West in Sandbach, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 21st April 2020 we'd raised £295 with 11 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic my therapy pony and party bookings are being cancelled/postponed and we have no funding coming in towards feeding or caring for our ponies. Funds from the government for self employed sole traders will not be accessible until June at the earliest! The ponies do not stop eating during the 3 months wait, they still require their every need.

We are coming out of our quietest time of year, Winter. Usually by this point I am hanging on in there ready for a busy summer doing anything I can to raise funds for my precious animals. But this year our summer season will be cancelled, missing out on our busiest time will have a huge financial effect on our business.

This may not be the most professionally written business plea you will read, these ponies are so much more than just 'business'. This is to save our life together and this plea is straight from my heart.

The Shetland Ponies

Miniature shetland ponies are one of the most neglected and abused animals in the UK. Although they are smaller than an average horse they still require the same care if not more, which many people don't understand.

Commonly known in the horse world as 'Sh*tlands' due to their cheeky characters, I am lucky enough to own 7 beauties, their names are: Pansy (15yrs), Boris (10yrs), Joe (6yrs), Kevin (3yrs), Isla (2yrs), Star (20yrs) and Lyra (14yrs).

I also have a team of therapy bunny rabbits Snowy, Pumpkin, Peanut & Lily. And guinea pigs Freddie, Barney & Nancy. As well as some bunnies and piggies in training. Together we are team Wild West Pony PartiesThe majority of my ponies are rescue or are ponies that were sold off cheap in auctions as they had "issues" and needed rehabilitating. Many of my ponies suffered physical abuse and neglect in their previous homes, beaten by humans, covered in lice and riddled with worms, underweight and lack of muscle, long hooves, bad teeth, urine stained and matted fur.

They are good ponies and definitely did not deserve to be treated like this, no animal does. 

After a lot of time, love, and training these ponies have managed to turn their lives around and now give back their love to help humans in need and make dreams come true! We have had adults and children cry happy tears when meeting the ponies, the ponies and small pets regularly attend animal therapy sessions at Special Educational Needs schools and elderly care homes, they have visited very poorly children in hospitals whilst working with When You Wish Upon A Star charity, they have been to see children in cities who have never even stroked a pony before, we have donated vouchers to our local schools and charities for their raffles and done free visits... but now the ponies need some help back.

My ponies have always been so kind and caring deep down, which is why they were able to trust me and learn to overcome their fears. They give so much love and happiness to the human race that once made them suffer terrible things.

Our Plea

Times are going to be hard for everyone, we understand that. But if you can spare even the smallest donation to keep us going then we would be eternally grateful! These ponies are so happy together, bonded with their friends and they need to stay together through this pandemic so that we can continue to spread happiness and smiles once it is over.

Basic costs for the ponies include:

  • Bedding - £7 per bale of shavings per pony each week
  • Hay - £35 for a large bale which will last the ponies almost 1 week
  • Hoof trims - £25 per pony every 8 weeks
  • Dentistry - £50 per pony every 9 months
  • Worming - £10 -£20 per wormer depending on season/type of wormer

This doesn't include any of our licence costs, insurance costs or vets fees that may occur whilst we are closed.

All of this soon mounts up and as we are missing our busiest time of year this will take us a long time to recover from.

I'm not the type of person to ask for help, but realistically my savings won't cover these costs for the summer, this is my only hope by asking you to donate and we can do as much as we can in return once things are back to normal!

Now we are currently unable to work for the foreseeable future. Community events are cancelled for the foreseeable, Care homes are unable to open for at least 4 - 12 weeks and schools are finished until possibly September! We are being advised that the peak of this awful pandemic will be June, this would be at least 12 weeks if not more with no/very little bookings.

This year I planned to open our own indoor venue where we can hold community events, mums & toddler groups, animal assisted therapy sessions, indoor children's parties for winter birthdays, coffee mornings for the elderly, activity days during school holidays... there is nothing like this in our area and so many people would benefit! But right now because of the pandemic this goal seems like it will never happen. If we can raise enough to keep us afloat it would mean we could still open our venue and help so many more people.

The global COVID-19 pandemic has created a very uncertain landscape for  millions of British small businesses, which is going to make it very challenging for businesses to survive. Together we can help them. 

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This project offered rewards

£25 or more

Sponsor a pony

Sponsor a pony today and receive via email a certificate, a fact sheet about that pony, a photo and a thank you letter! By sponsoring a pony you are helping with costs of feed, bedding, worming and hoof trimming for that pony. Choose your pony...

£10 or more

£10 Donation for 2 small bales of hay

Spare us a tenner to help a business you love get through whatever COVID-19 sends our way. This will buy our ponies 2 small bales of hay. In return we will send you via email a personalised thank you photo of one of our ponies!

£35 or more

Buy a large bale of hay

Donate £35 today to buy a large bale of hay for the ponies which lasts them almost a week. We'll reward you with a personalised thank you photo from one of our ponies and a fact sheet about that pony via email. We will also include an invite to one of our VIP petting corner days once the pandemic is over. Dates to be announced, location will be in Cheshire area. We will need the name you would like on the photo and an email address to send to

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