Charlie Magee is a 10 year-old Shetland pony.
He has been part of our family for 2 years now.
He came to us as his own family were selling up so we welcomed him into our family.
He is Morven's best friend.
Morven is a 12 year-old
Highland pony (a breed ranked "vulnerable" by the Rare Breed Survival Trust).
He came all the way from Aberdeen 8 years ago to make us a family again after our other friend Glennor passed away.
He is the greediest pony ever, loves carrots and tries to eat everyone else's dinners.
Whiskey is our newest arrival, a 12 year-old Dartmoor Hill pony who has found a best friend in Buddy.
He was born out on the moor and lived there as a baby before being sold at auction and ending up at the Dartmoor charity where he was staying until a new home could be found for him.
Buddy is a 26 year-old Shetland pony.
He is our old-timer and he's been with us for over 20 years. He is a very special little pony with a great show career in his youth but had been badly treated before he came to us by auction.
He is quite wary of people and very protective of his friends.
Lady's Resting Place
This is Lady's final resting place.
She was nearly 35 years old when she passed away, which is a great age for a pony.
She stayed with us for 29 years and is still missed by all who knew her.
Flossie sadly passed away in October 2017.
A 13 year-old Shetland pony, she was a brood mare before she came to live with us and had 4 babies. She wasn't needed any more by her previous owners so she came to us to help us get over the passing away of Lady. We all loved Flossie. She could be a bit impatient but was a very gentle soul.
Why We Might Lose Our Field
West Dunbartonshire Council are planning to take our owner's field away from her if she will not willingly let them have it. She does not want to do so as it's our home and our friend Lady is buried here.
Please read through our website for more information and to see how you can offer us help and support - it will be very much appreciated!
Buddy, Morven, Whiskey and Charlie Magee
Imminent Meeting With Council
The fight is still on to save the field and has been ongoing now for around 6 yrs.
The Council have suggested various bits of land they considered suitable for our ponies to have their home. None of these are in fact suitable (contaminated land etc) but we are awaiting a “tour” of further available sites and we have been promised an update on the current situation by mid September 2019, a deadline which is imminent.
We have made it abundantly clear that we are not prepared to sell our field and we will not tolerate the destruction of our ponies' graves. Lady and Flossie are buried there.
We own four ponies, three of which have a serious lifelong illness and one is very elderly. All of these ponies are much loved as they are our pets and will never be sold on. Their illnesses mean that on welfare grounds they have very specific care needs and it is the their welfare that comes first in all of our decisions. We have emphasised this to the Council many times and we can only hope they listen and don’t go ahead with their plans to compulsory purchase the field as this would jeopardise the ponies' health and future lives.
Susan and the SaveOurField ponies
Buddy, Morven, Charlie Magee and Whiskey
Here's Buddy, our sick little Shetland Pony, dressed as a reindeer. Just before Christmas he wrote a letter to Santa - please click here to view it.
Because of his illness he now needs to be kept off grass and have a special diet. We are not permitted to build on the field we rent so he is having to live away from his wee herd.
We would like nothing more than to be able to bring them all back together but are unable to until we know what is happening to our field in Milton, where we could build the necessary enclosure, as we will need to obtain planning permission from the Council, who wish to take our field off us.
Please share as much as you can to spread the word about Buddy's plea and the Save Our Field campaign - thank you!