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Ponies charity appeals for new home

Barbara Mills, who runs Hoofprints Miniature Haven, with some of the ponies in need of a new home. 230818LSP3-1
Barbara Mills, who runs Hoofprints Miniature Haven, with some of the ponies in need of a new home. 230818LSP3-1

A charity that rescues miniature ponies is desperately looking for a new home.

Hoofprints Miniature Haven currently has 20 ponies on temporary rented premises near Southwell, but must leave by the end of September.

Trustee Barbara Mills moved to Newark a year ago, but premises she had been planning to use for the ponies proved unsuitable to meet the Charity Commission’s requirements for charitable status.

“It took us a long time to get charity status and I need to ensure I follow all the rules,” she said.

Without the status, Barbara is unable to raise income for the ponies’ keep, which she does by taking them to events and on visits to places such as nursing homes and schools. They are all experienced at being used for therapy and education.

The charity charges reduced rates for many therapy visits.

“We want anyone to be able to experience the animal therapy benefits,” Barbara said.

The ponies’ current home is temporary, as the yard will be rented to a permanent tenant from later this month, when they must move.

The ponies, ranging in age from one to 24, are mostly rescued, with a few resident ones who help with rehabilitation.

Barbara said: “They are rescued from being pets kept in back gardens, neglected companions of larger ponies, unwanted pets, surplus from irresponsible breeders, or owners who can no longer care for them due to ill health.”

Barbara is looking for premises in the Newark area that have housing for the ponies in winter and wet weather, plus a contained yard or grazing.

“Grazing is not a big deal as we feed hay 365 days a year,” Barbara said.

“Any sized area is considered from half-an-acre upwards and can be split between two properties.

“We can apply for grants for upgrading buildings, fencing, etc, and are happy to take on somewhere that needs work.

“We prefer long-term to ensure we can make the property into what we need to work to enable us to go into the future.”

Barbara said if she was unable to find any suitable premises by the end of September, she would try to rehome as many of the ponies as possible but some of the older ones would possibly have to be put down.

Anyone who can help is asked to contact Barbara on hoofprintsminiaturehaven@gmail.com


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