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COLYTON: Miniature ponies visit nursing home

Thursday, 04 September 2014

NEW Colyton-based Shetland pony resuce centre, Munchkins, visited an Exmouth nursing home this week as part of its aim to benefit the local community. Munchkins was set up in Colyton in May 2014 by Tammy Marx, in remembrance of her dad who died earlier in the year. Tammy said: “I have wanted to set up a rescue for miniature Shetland ponies for a long time now and I am in the process of registering as a charity. There is currently an acute equine crisis in this country, leading to many neglected or abandoned horses and ponies and most sanctuaries are full to capacity. “Our first rescue pony, called Marmite, came to us in December 2013. We took on two more ponies in June and now have seven Shetlands, including two mares that are in foal, one due very soon and the other next year. “Some of our ponies have come from very sad backgrounds where often an owner has become ill or for some other reason has been unable to look after them, sometimes leaving a pony extremely traumatised. Our mission is to provide a safe and loving home for life.” As part of Munchkins’ aim to benefit the local community, two of the ponies were taken to visit Cranford Nursing Home in Exmouth to meet the elderly residents and nursing staff. Tammy said: “They enjoyed being admired, stroked and petted and the day was a great success. It was lovely seeing the residents' faces light up and to hear their stories.” Tammy has been helped in getting the business started by many family, friends and volunteers but more helpers are always needed. Those interested can get in touch via the website or through the Facebook page Munchkins Miniature Shetland Rescue. Munchkins is currently based at Tammy’s and is self-funded but she hopes in time to acquire more land expand the business to offer visiting days to the public and get the local community further involved. Munchkins is currently looking for sponsorship and working on ideas for fundraising to achieve this.

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