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, Finn and Bud have been up to.
It costs over £3,000 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.
To adopt online, please click the link on the right to download a copy of our adoption leaflet.
You can make wishes come true!
Finn, Bud, Eric and Ernie 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.
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.
Bud has never worked in a coalmine, but ponies of his size and type worked underground in deep mines pulling tubs full of coal from the coal face to the pit bottom and moving supplies. Ponies of Bud's type would have lived their lives underground and would have only returned to the surface for an annual holiday or during long strikes.
Bud came to live at the Museum in May 2017. He was born in a mining area, very close to former Trimdon colliery, Durham. On his travels, he also lived in another mining area, Doncaster in South Yorkshire. He came to us at the age of 4. At this age he would have been ready to start his working life as a pit pony.
To adopt Bud, please click the link on the right to download a copy of our adoption leaflet
Boost your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate
Gift Aid is reclaimed by the Museum from the tax you pay for the current tax year. There is no extra cost to you - all you need to do is complete a Gift Aid declaration with your address. Your address is needed to identify you as a current UK taxpayer.
To qualify to make a Gift Aid declaration, you must be a UK taxpayer that has paid at least as much in Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax as the total amount of Gift Aid claimed on all your charitable donations in that tax year. It is your responsibility to pay any difference.
We will reclaim 25p of tax on every £1 that you give us now and in the future and over the previous four years. So if you are eligible and want to make your donation go further, Gift Aid it!
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 on the adoption form that you can download on this page. Thank you!