People4ponies was founded in 2003 and has been dedicated to helping wild and traumatised ponies ever since. As well as having a rehoming scheme, we provide sanctuary to those ponies who cannot be rehomed. At our main base, we provide an environment where they feel safe - we understand their traumas and difficulties and continue to work with the ponies helping them to overcome their fears. We do not destroy an animal just because they are unlikely to find a permanent home.
Our award winning campaigning work stopped ear mutilations on wild ponies, led to bans and restrictions on hot branding, ensured laws are enforced/upheld at wild pony markets and brought action for starving and dying ponies on Bodmin Moor...our work is vital!
Why are we losing our land?
The elderly couple who own the land where our main base is located have quickly deteriorated in health and have sold their farm in order to purchase a more suitable property for their needs. A couple of months ago we were told that we had a couple of years to plan our move...but a change in their circumstances now means the farm is sold and we only have use of the land until spring 2020! We need to relocate as soon as possible and we need to raise funds in order to do this!
Our Mission - why we need your help!
Our aim is to purchase an area of land that will be a nature reserve for our ponies to reside on. Our back-up option would be to rent land long-term but our aim is to buy land that can be owned by People4ponies. The piece of land would ideally be a mix of pasture and woodland with the potential to include or encourage other areas of habitat. Ponies and the environment can work very well together and complement each other to the benefit of both. Ponies that come back to us for rehoming can still be rehomed. The sanctuary – as well as a haven for the ponies and wildlife and the environment - also has huge potential to provide an area of sanctuary for people. They would come to use this space for pre-arranged sessions with particular specialists who work in the area of mental and general health and wellbeing. The ponies in our care have been able to come to terms with their trauma and feel safe in the environment we have set up for them. This special place also has the potential to help healing of people. It has the potential to help people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
We have two specialists who have written statements who are very keen to work within our new set-up. By including this social benefit we expect that this will also be a way to bring income to help with the costs of maintaining the land and the care of the ponies. We will also have the potential to run courses to educate owners in other specialist fields such as laminitis rehabilitation and also how to nutritionally and emotionally support horses and ponies and other animals for optimum health.
Nicole Clough, who is Senior Reserves Officer for a Wildlife Trust, will be joining as one of our directors and volunteers. She will bring much knowledge and experience in terms of establishing our nature reserve and being able to encourage nature and wildlife. We have so much wildlife where we currently are – hedgehogs (including a nest in the hay barn!), bumblebee nests, stoats, butterflies, bats, many bird species considered to be in decline, and tawny owls etc. We want to make sure that our new home also is a haven for nature. Nicole also manages herds of conservation ponies and other livestock. We rehabilitated a pony for Nicole in 2016 that was very sick and had a life threatening condition. The pony made a full recovery in our care and we have had close links ever since.
How You Can Help...
1) Donate towards our campaign! Every donation big and small helps us to reach our target!
2) Spread the word far and wide - via social media and your friends.
3) Volunteer to help us.
4) If you are a specialist in mental health and wellbeing and are interested in running sessions on our new land please do get in touch!
5) If you think you have an area of land that would be perfect for our needs please do get in touch!
You can find out more about us and our work and project at www.people4ponies.co.uk
Thank you so much for your support!