Visit the Mind, Body, Soul, Inspire event taking place Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd October in Exeter for spiritual enlightenment and a great cause!
One of the biggest spiritual events in the South West is back, and ready to help a good cause. Mind, Body, Soul, Inspire is back for a weekend in October and will feature an abundance of card readers,
Mind, Body, Soul, Inspire is back for a weekend in October and will feature an abundance of card readers, therapists, crystal stalls, healers, animal communicators, Reiki, craft and much more!
All of the proceeds of this event will be going to South West Equine Protection (SWEP), a unique charity that rescues and rehabilitates wild moorland ponies from both Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor. They manage a range of welfare issues, neglected and emaciated ponies, those having difficulties foaling, abandoned foals and the ever-increasing number of ponies involved in road traffic collisions.
Scarlett Moon, Charity Fundraiser, says: “The main purpose of this amazing charity is to help moorland equines on Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor, who are abandoned or suffering from neglect and cruelty, whether caused by heartlessness or ignorance. The charity’s work involves not only the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of those ponies whose plight is desperate, or who have been the victims of roads traffic accidents, but also promoting welfare issues by offering advice and information. Not forgetting our current battle to save ponies from the food chain locally.”
Get to know some of the beautiful foals rescued by this charity below…
“Aura was drifted in with two other ponies we had been asked to take in from East Moor in Cornwall. She was brought in as she was deemed to be emaciated and would be shot. She was a lot bigger than the other ponies we had taken in from that area − the locals believe that she may have been abandoned, as she’s not your average Bodmin Moor Pony.
“It’s believed Aura witnessed her herd being shot, and she somehow escaped the same fate. She was terrified when we loaded her and got her back to the yard. She had been paired up with Clementine and they seem to enjoy each other’s company. Aura lost all of her hair due to stress and it took so long for her to trust her again, but within time Aura came around and started to except our presence in her space. As time went on Aura, became relaxed in her surroundings and allowed us to re-build a human relationship with her. Her hair grew back and Aura took that big step into a bright future.
“To this day, Aura is one of the first to approach, she allows a head collar on and to be lead. She’s had the farrier seen to her and accepts all that comes her way. She has turned in to such a wonderful pony that everybody enjoys being around with − we hope that one day she will be ready to go to a new home where she will be forever loved!”
“Spud came to SWEP after our Welfare Officer and Yard Manager were told about a group of mixed mares and foals that were due to be shot. Our team took them all in and loaded them to our yard. Spud and his mother Parsnip were both in poor shape but were extremely inquisitive with the members of our yard. They were paired with two other mares and foals in the fields to help them gain some weight, so that the mares could produce enough milk for their foals. After a couple of weeks, Parsnip and Spud become extremely friendly and would allow us to touch and stroke them. They followed you around and enjoyed our company.
“When the time came, Spud was weaned off his mum with the rest of the foals and placed in a separate location where the team could gain more of his trust. Spud is just over a year old now and is already halter broken and capable of leading. He allows his feet to be picked up and loaded into a lorry lose. He is a real dope on the rope and loves to be around people. He has now been placed up for re-homing with some other foals and is looking for his first home to help him proceed with his education and help him full fill his potential!”
“We received a call from a number of people in the Pensilva area to say that a pony had been abandoned in a field. He was overweight and could not walk, and they suspected severe laminitis. Our Welfare Officer went to investigate and the pony had been abandoned. The RSPCA were involved and one of their representatives signed the pony over to SWEP’s care.
“We named him Jim Bob −he was approximately five years old and still a stallion. His feet had grown very long and upwards and he found walking difficult. He was overweight and blind in one eye, yet he trusted our Welfare Officer enough to walk on our horse box so he could be brought to the Rehabilitation Yard.
“We were straight on the case − our vet came out to assess him and he was sedated in order for the farrier to trim his feet. He seemed a lot happier once that was done. He was easy to handle, apart from not being too keen on having his feet touched, so as soon as he had settled in we had him castrated.
“Jim Bob is a lovely pony and went off for re-homing. It took some time to find him a new home that would be able to understand him, but within patience and waiting the right home came along, and now Jim Bob is broken to ride and loving life! He even recently went to learn jumping and is a natural despite his blindness! His loanies say he is a real cracking pony and Jim Bob is definitely enjoying his new life!”