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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 rescue ponies we work to rehome and find them their forever homes, we do charge a

small rehoming fee with all funds going back into the Centre to support the care of the ponies looking for new homes 

Deborah set up BMSR during lockdown, her vision was to create a therapeutic space for both ponies and humans to be able to enjoy the tranquil countryside and also find healing, build relationships and friendships and be at one with nature.

Deborah 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 Equine Emotional Wellbeing Sessions 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

  • 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

  • Offer Equine Emotional Wellbeing Sessions for Children, Young People and Adults

  • Offer Pony Activity Days in line with school holidays  

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

  • Raise public awareness by attending public events 

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We are based near Battle in East Sussex 



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