Ponies & Donkey

Duke the Donkey

(Equus asinus)

Duke joined us in 2013 after we sadly lost one of our older Donkeys. He was just four-years-old and had been ridden by children for most of his life until then, so we were very pleased to give him a rest. He was very nervous when he first came to us and it took him quite some time to begin to trust us, but with lots of reassurance from us he soon settled in and became part of the family!

He began to show an interest in Callum the pony next door and as he was on his own, we decided to see how they would react to being put together - it was a "bromance" at first sight; these two are now the very best of friends and completely inseparable! We couldn't be happier for them both.

Duke Salt Lick

Callum the Welsh Mountain Pony

(Equus ferus caballus)

Callum was once a wild pony, happily roaming the Welsh hills. Sadly he was caught up by people who thought they could sell him for a good price, and when nobody bought him, he was sent off to slaughter. Thankfully the man transporting Callum and his brother was passing near us and asked if we would take them in instead!

Unfortunately his brother suffered with a serious heart problem and is sadly no longer with us, but Callum has come on leaps and bounds since moving in with us. Now in his teens, he has been with us for so long we just can't imagine Brockswood without him now!

Leo the Miniature Shetland Pony

(Equus ferus caballus)

Leo was found tied up, abandoned after a horse market. It is thought that after he was not sold, his owner simply didn't want him and just left him behind.

Leo in the Snow
Abby & Anna

Abby & Anna the Welsh Mountain Ponies

(Equus ferus caballus)

Abby and Anna came to us in 2013 from an animal testing facility. They are not biological sisters but have been together all their lives. Both girls were used as test subjects to test the use of horse vaccines.

Animal test subjects are only allowed to be used for a certain amount of time before they have to be ‘retired’. We were asked to take them when they were less than a year old. Sadly most test subjects are not so lucky.

Due to their rough start in life, they can still be quite nervous around people. They have come on so well with lots of love and patience from us, but sadly still do not like being touched and don’t trust people they don’t know. They are lovely girls and love spending time next to Callum and Duke, who like to flirt and show off for them!


Sponsor our Donkey & Ponies

Sponsoring our animal friends helps us to pay for their care, and makes it possible for us to take in others in need of us in the future! Funds from your sponsorship help us to pay for their food, bedding, veterinary treatment, enrichment, and enclosure upkeep/renovation. These costs quickly mount up and your help makes a big difference.

You Will Receive:

  • A Certificate of Adoption

  • 2 A4 Photos

  • Animal Fact Sheets

  • A Sponsor's Season Pass (visit them as often as you like during our open season!)

  • Your Name proudly displayed on their "Best Friends" board outside their paddock.

Callum and Duke