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!

Your adoption pack will contain: a personalised adoption certificate; a colour photograph and factsheet about your chosen equine and a pony appeal enamel badge.

As one of our valued adopters, you will also receive 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 over £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.

You can usually come and visit your adopted pony 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.

Join our Facebook page and Twitter feed to find out more about daily life on the stable yard and see how Eric, Ernie and Finn are playing their part in telling the story of coal at the Museum. 

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

You can make wishes come true!

Eric, Ernie and Finn have (with a little help!) set up an Amazon Wish List of the things they need to be happy and healthy.

You can buy something off the list and it will be sent straight to them here at the Museum. At the moment they have items from a £5 haynet to a £59.95 wheelbarrow…just don’t ask what we need to put in it!

Send Eric, Ernie and Finn a present now or search for National Coal Mining Museum for England in Amazon Wish Lists to choose a gift.

Dig Deep and Text Donate

You can make a quick donation towards the upkeep of our horses by texting PONY11 and the amount you want to give (£1; £2 £3 £4 £5 or £10) to 70070 - it's as easy as that!

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 has been broken to ride.  He often goes out to local events to promote the Museum and raise money for our Pony Appeal.

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


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.  

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


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 has been broken to ride and drive during his time at the Museum.  He now works well in harness, learning about logging and pulling the chain harrows in the fields.  He is also ridden both on and off the Museum site and really enjoys hacking around the local countryside with our Horsekeepers. 

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

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 25p of tax on every £1 that you give us.  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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