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Butterflies Miniature Shetland Rescue Fa
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What is unique about Butterflies Miniature Shetland Rescue?


We are a privately owned rescue and rehoming service for Miniature Shetland Ponies


We know not all ponies are badly treated, some owners due to changes in circumstances have to make the heartbreaking decision to say goodbye to their beloved pony.  When this happens BMSR will support them to find a loving new home or we will provide a home for them at our centre until a new home can be found.  

We do not sell any of our ponies that are rescued or come to us for rehoming we work on a 'Fostering Scheme,' with a fostering fee

Deborah Cullen the owner of BMSR is a Registered and Accredited Therapist working in the fields of Abuse and Trauma with children, young people and adults. Deborah is the Service Director and Clinical Lead for AAAC Counselling and Butterflies Child & Adolescent Counselling Service C.I,.C  and has been incorporating Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning in her practice working with miniature shetlands as part of the therapy team since 2014.  The emotional benefits of spending time with ponies has become recognised and valued by both professionals and families alike. 

Deborah appreciates the therapeutic benefits associated with horses and knew there was potential to join the rescue and an Emotional Wellbeing Service together in the belief that we can provide a positive learning and growth experience for both the ponies, children and adults together. 


Our team collectively has over 30 years experience both within the equine and emotional wellbeing fields, the volunteers also bring a wealth of life and work experience, and together we all work to enhance the life of the ponies at the centre and the children that come to take part in our Pony Care Days and other pony related activities

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Our Mission 

To rescue and rehome miniature shetland ponies 

To provide Emotional Wellbeing experiences for children and adults  

What we do

  • Rescue and rehome miniature shetlands

  • Support owners that can no longer care for their pony/ponies find new homes

  • Rehome ponies by using social media platforms such as FB, direct enquiries, and working with other equine rehoming services

  • Provide Pony Care Activities Days for Children and Young people to improve Emotional Wellbeing 

  • Provide Emotional Wellbeing Sessions with ponies for all 

  • Provide opportunities for volunteers to work with the ponies to enhance or develop new transferable skills 

  • Raise public awareness by attending public events 


We are based near Battle in East Sussex 



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