An equine charity has released a new film highlighting the desperate need of the ponies coming into its care.

Bodmin Moorland Pony Rehabilitation (BMPR) was founded in 2014 in response to a “welfare crisis” surrounding the ponies grazing on the moor.

The film illustrates the story of ponies like Panda, who was taken in by the charity as an emaciated youngster, and orphaned foal Skye, who have both transformed under BMPR care. Ernie is another pony who features in the video. The coloured youngster entered the charity as an under-nourished colt and now, thanks to his new chance, is a picture of health.

“The harsh reality for ponies living on Bodmin Moor spurred us on to create BMPR,” said a charity spokesman. “All those who come through our door have our love, care and support until their last breath. We are their constant, their family. This is our mission, our passion.”

Since its formation, the charity has been helping hill ponies from Bodmin, Dartmoor and Exmoor, and more recently helping abandoned fly-grazed cobs from across the UK. BMPR also works to raise awareness of local and national equine welfare issues, and rehomes rehabilitated ponies when possible.

“BMPR were lucky enough to have been given permission by Seth Lakeman to use his wonderful track ‘Make Your Mark’ from his latest album and the creative talent of filmmaker and artist Doug Foster who edited the charities scrapbook pictures into the film, producing a moving tribute to the charity,” they told Your Horse.

The charity has experienced a drop in donations since the pandemic, and says it “desperately needs” public support through donations to continue its work. They are also looking for adult volunteers, including those who can provide fundraising and admin support, as well as yard jobs.

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Lead image of Panda when she first entered the charity’s care. Picture by Bodmin Moorland Pony Rehabilitation 

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