What we do
Munchkins Miniature Shetland Rescue was set up in 2014 to rescue miniature shetland ponies from abuse, abandoment and neglect. We achieved charity status in February 2015. Our registered charity number is 1160509. Many shetlands are bought as a companion or simply to be cute. They often fall into the wrong hands and can suffer neglect and abuse by people who do not know how to care for them. These ponies often do not get the handling and treatment that they need, becoming labelled as 'naughty' and developing bad habits. Many are indiscriminately bred ending up at sales or going to the 'meat man'. We offer a home to miniature shetlands who are in genuine need and provide all the necessary attention plus an extra bit of 'TLC'.
All of our ponies are treated as individuals with their own personalities and temperaments. They live in a herd and have an established pecking order. The male ponies are gelded upon arrival as we do not support indiscriminate breeding. New arrivals are health checked and placed in isolation to ensure that they are disease free before being introduced to the rest of the herd. Many of the ponies have suffered trauma and neglect and arrive in a very bad state. We also have a few ponies whose owners were no longer able to care for them. They soon relax and become one of the family with the love, kindness and support from our our wonderful volunteers.
We currently rehome ponies within a 30-50 mile radius of our centre in East Devon on a long term loan basis. We have currently rehomed around 55 ponies and love visiting them in their new homes. The ponies will always remain under the ownership of Munchkins so that if circumstances change, they will be returned to us so that their future is secured.
Shetland ponies are very hardy, a native breed who literally live on fresh air. Our ponies have restricted grazing in the summer as they can be prone to laminitis, a painful condition affecting their feet, caused by too much sugar contained in the fresh grass. They have ad-lib hay in the winter and have access to salt and mineral blocks and additional herbs.