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Adopt a Pony!

Are you looking for a special gift for the person who has everything?  Why not adopt one of the ponies at the Museum for just £15.00 per year?  Our dedicated team of Horsekeepers means we won’t ask you to muck out!

You can come and visit your adopted pony at the Museum during normal opening hours.  Your adoption pack will contain: a personalised adoption certificate; a colour photograph and factsheet about your chosen equine; a pony appeal enamel badge and a copy of our Pit Pony Express newsletter twice a year, which lets you know all about what Eric, Ernie and Finn have been up to.

It costs around £2,000 per year to care for each of our equines.  Your donations can help to pay for food, bedding, tack, rugs, fencing, shelter, shoeing and/or foot trimming, dental treatment and veterinary bills.

Visitors can usually see the ponies in the stable yard between 10.00am and 3.30pm (approx.). Outside of these times they will often be enjoying some time grazing in the fields around the Museum site.

To adopt online, please click here or please click the link on the right to download a copy of our adoption leaflet.

Christmas Competition

Especially for Christmas 2013, if you adopt a pony before 23 December 2013, we'll enter you into our Christmas Competition to win a very special prize - the chance to go behind the scenes of the Museum with our Horsekeepers and the ponies.  

The winner (or their choice of recipient) will:

  • Meet the Horsekeepers and our ponies
  • Help to bring the ponies in from their field
  • Help to feed and groom the ponies
  • Learn about the ponies' life at the Museum
  • See how Finn, our "gentle giant" Clydesdale Horse, is being trained to attend shows

Meet the Ponies


Eric is a Welsh pony.  He was born in 2004 and stands 12.2 hands high.  He is bay in colour.

Eric arrived here at the Museum in 2007 with his friend Ernie.  He was abandoned on winter grazing in a coalfield area of Wales by his owner, and was rescued subsequently by the RSPCA. Eric is a smart little pony who is quick to learn.  He is the strong, silent type and takes most things in his stride.  Whilst at the Museum, he has learned to pull an exercise cart and we hope in time to teach him to drive as a pair with Ernie.

If you would like to adopt Eric, please click here.


Ernie is also a Welsh pony.  He was born in 2004 and stands 12.2 hands high.  He is bay in colour.

Ernie is a very cheeky pony indeed.  He loves attention and likes to show off to his adoring fans. Ernie came to the Museum in 2007 with his friend Eric, following their rehabilitation with the RSPCA.  Like Eric, Ernie has never worked in a coal mine, but had the two ponies been born a century earlier, they would more than likely have been employed as pit ponies in the deep mines of their native Wales.  Our original pit pony harnesses fit them as if they were made for them.

If you would like to adopt Eric, please click here.


Finn is a Clydesdale horse.  He was born in 2008 and stands around 17.2 hands high, although he may grown a little more once he is fully mature.  He is brown in colour.

Finn joined the Museum in April 2010.  He is very friendly, loves attention and in between taking a nap, he likes to watch everything that goes on in the stable yard!  He has never worked in a coal mine, but horses of his size and type were once used in the mining industry to pull heavy loads of coal and to move materials.  Finn is learning to pull an exercise cart and is progressing well.

If you would like to adopt Finn, please click here.


Gift Aid It logo

If you are a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid is an easy way to make your donation tax-effective. We can reclaim the basic rate of tax on your donation at no extra cost to you. All you need to do is complete a Gift Aid declaration.  To qualify to make a Gift Aid declaration, what you pay in Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax for each tax year (6 April to 5 April) must at least equal the amount we (and any other charity or Community Amateur Sports Club you donate to) will reclaim on your donations in the tax year.  Other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify. We will reclaim 28p of tax on every £1 that you gave us up to 5 April 2008 and 25p of tax on every £1 that you gave us on or after 6 April 2008.  So if you are eligible and want to make your donation go further, please select the Gift Aid option when adopting online or completing a paper adoption form.  Thank you!

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