Welcome to the MMT Traprain Pony website!
Merry Christmas from the 13 Pony Kings of Traprain and 7 Pony Kings of North Berwick!
The 13 Pony Kings of Traprain and Pony Dog Skye wish you all a great Christmas! They particularly thank the local community who regularly visit Traprain and show the wonderful ponies great consideration in many ways - thank you.
Oh wow! Pony Santa has arrived to the wonderful 13 Pony Kings of Traprain!
Earlier this week 3 of the Pony Kings were in secret discussion about their Santa plans and they nominated youngest Pony Bob to meet Pony Santa on the summit. (The 7 Pony Kings of North Berwick also had a secret discussion - such an important time of the year for Pony Kings who take All Things Pony Christmas very seriously!). You can see from the photos below that their plans have worked out really well - Christmas Day will be a Hoof of Delight! They'd asked Pony Santa if Pony Bob could meet a Kangaroo from Australia - Bob had heard lots about them from Australian visitors to Traprain in the Summer this year and wanted to meet one. What a wonderful surprise for Pony Bob to see a Kangaroo jump out of the Santa bag!
Below left: Traprain Pony Tunny wants to know if you like his stylish hat while below right the 7 wonderful Pony Kings of North Berwick sing you a Christmas Pony Song!
Of course..... none of this could really have happened if it wasn't for the magical and creative powers of their Pony Friend Sylvia based at North Berwick. Pony Santa, Pony Dog Skye, Kangaroo, the 13 Pony Kings of Traprain and the 7 Pony Kings of North Berwick and Liz at Traprain all reckon Sylvia has a great talent for Pony Hats.....! Thank you Sylvia!
The ponies are wondering if their human friends are interested in helping them nibble the gorse in December and January - perhaps as a Keep Fit after a great Christmas Feast? The Poster below (designed by the ponies and Katty Baird) explains why the ponies are inviting you to join them in a Christmas & New Year Gorse Feast.... Nibbling equipment will be provided ......
Above : The ponies wonder if you like their Christmas Night Caps?
MMT Traprain Stall
The Traprain stall will open at some point during the Festive Season in the Traprain Car Park depending on pony needs and weather.....details will be given via this website.
Specially designed Notelets for MMT are available from the Traprain Stall featuring ponies Freddy & Pascoe who are shown lower down on this page (see "Fostering Time"). These wonderful Notelets have been specially created for MMT by Gail Crane and all proceeds from the sale of this Card go to The Moorland Mousie Trust.
The pony in the centre of the December photograph in the 2017 Calendar (taken by Countryside Officer Duncan Priddle) is Pegasus-Whistler who can be seen as a newly arrived foal at the Moorland Mousie Trust (Exmoor Pony Centre) in a photograph lower down on this page. Little did this little foal know that one day he would become one of the wonderful 13 Pony Kings of Traprain - and you can see in the December 2017 Calendar page the exciting life he shares with his fellow friends at Traprain!
There's a beautiful new 2018 MMT Calendar out now obtainable direct from the MMT online Shop with lots of great articles good for Christmas! Just click on the link below to visit the online Shop.
Thanks is given to the great dedication and work of MMT, the East Lothian Countryside Team & Volunteers - and the many visitors to Traprain who show enthusiasm and love for Whistler & his pony friends. People driving past Traprain can often see the ponies silhouettes "dancing" on Traprain's summit - and no doubt too, the 13 Pony KIngs frequently give a Pony Thought to their wonderful relatives just across from them at North Berwick Law as they grace the summit...... and perhaps when Tunny stands on the Traprain summit facing south he is thinking of his relative living on Porlock Hill......through the eyes of a pony.....anything is possible......
Do you think you know Traprain well? Where do you think this beautiful natural rock basin can be found on Traprain? (The Pony Sign "Exmoor Inn" is the creation of Sylvia Beaumont - and is not really on Traprain!).
The answer to where this beautiful natural rock basin is on Traprain :- its on the upper south west slope....
Below: : Liz's new pal "Prince Ben-Skye of Traprain" from
The Edinburgh Dog & Cat Home www.edch.org.uk
Tele: 0131 669 5331
Ben-Skye says he loves to see his doggie pals but to please always respect his pony buddies by not running around them. A nice quiet walk to the summit to see them is the Perfect Doggie Way!
Above: Beautiful snow capped Traprain Law viewed from the north west corner. Below: Ben-Skye with his famous ball!
Above: Pony Whistler enjoying some delicious gorse!
Above left: Whistler (Pegasus) at the Exmoor Pony Centre when he was 9 months old.
Above right: Whistler (foreground) as he is today with some of his herd, a very proud, confident pony who graces the slopes of Traprain with such ease and delight.
Whistler and the 13 Pony Kings of Traprain enjoying a peaceful evening on Traprain's summit.
MMT Traprain Pony Bob giving you a very Big Smile on behalf of all his herd and all MMT ponies everywhere for supporting their home at MMT!
Have you ever thought about fostering a wonderful MMT Exmoor pony? Barry and Gail are MMT volunteers at the MMT Exmoor Pony Centre with good experience in the "Art of Pony Fostering". When Liz visited Gail & Barry at their home near to the Exmoor Pony Centre she was privileged to meet Freddy and Pascoe who are a real credit to Gail & Barry's dedication to pony fostering . Freddy and Pascoe have recently moved on to "Pastures New" now with MMT and if you would like to find out more about their new adventure just click on the link below which will take you to the MMT Blog.
Above: young Freddy in 2014 Catherine (friend of Gail) with Pascoe in 2014 Freddy (left) & Pascoe (right) enjoying lunch together
Are you wondering what this wonderful horse called Rose has to do with the 13 Pony Kings of Traprain? Rose was the dear friend of Traprain Pony Checker Volunteers Judith & Steve and Judith has written a beautiful poem dedicated to Rose. To read the poem just click on the link below which will take you to the Panetta Healing Writers' Corner website.
A Message from MMT Traprain Pony Whistler (alias Pegasus Midnight)
I wanted to share some photos with you as a Celebration of the wonderful work MMT do on behalf of my fellow Exmoor pony pals. MMT rescued me when I was just 6 months old; through the love, patience and devotion of my human friends at the MMT Centre I was given a new beginning and, as you can see from the photos, today I am very proud to say I am one of the 13 Pony Kings of Traprain - as well as "step-dad" to youngest Pony Bob. No pony could have greater friends than I have within my herd - and each one of us have our own "MMT story....."
We are very proud to be recognised as MMT Traprain Conservation ponies - playing an important role in helping Mother Nature create the natural beauty seen at Traprain - but without MMT giving us a bright new beginning our outlooks would have been far different.....
Above: Whistler foal Whistler in 2015 (after a mud bath) Whistler teaching Bob how to groom Whistler whispering to Bob
Above: Whistler & Jessie playing after a mud bath 12 of the Pony Kings of Traprain (2015) The 13 Pony Kings taking a well deserved snooze
On behalf of MMT Liz would like to thank Pauline Jaffray, Editor of
East Lothian Life Magazine
for featuring the MMT Traprain ponies in the Winter 2014 and Spring 2015 editions of the Magazine.
East Lothian Life Magazine, has generously offered to donate 50p for every Magazine that is purchased direct from Liz - a great way for us all to support our ponies! You can purchase the Magazine direct from Liz by phoning her on 07454 655 955 or see this website for announcements of Traprain Car Park MMT stalls
The 13 Pony Kings share Traprain with some wonderful wildlife :-
Recently Liz was standing with a pony called Dandelion on the summit while the rest of the herd were about 20ft away. A Kestrel came into view flying very close to the long grasses near the summit area and it weaved itself in and out through the herd of ponies. The ponies didn't even seem to notice it.... Nature that evening was truly "in harmony" together.....
QUOTES FROM EAST LOTHIAN COUNTRYSIDE SERVICE ANNUAL REPORT : 2014-2015
Excerpt from the Biodiversity Chapter
"The biodiversity process begain over 20 years ago following increased international concern about the loss of wild species and habitats. Although improvements have been made, wild species and habitats are still in decline due to human activity. It is widely recognised that humans cannot live without biodiversity and that we need to reduce our impact on the natural world. (Countryside Report 2014-15).
Nature's plants on Traprain summit south side
"Traprain has extensive areas of mineral rich unimproved grassland - a rare and declining habitat within East Lothian". (Countryside Report 2014-15).
Photos above: (1) Bob & Firtree are having a chat - they have just heard the news that the 2016 MMT Calendar features them on the front cover! (2) They went and told some of their mates Whistler, Tunny & Viper and are so excited now! (3) Whistler says: "Haven't I got a lovely nose! I wonder if you know who I am resting my chin on?" Bet you have guessed .... (4) yes, its Bob! Whistler says: "well, its hard work grazing! I need to rest my chin on someone and Bob is a perfect Chin Rest!" The other ponies were already snoozing nearby....
Thyme growing on upper west slope (2015).
Dandelion and Bob grazing near the flowers on the west side (2015)
Opposite are Dandelion & Unicorn - the "Stars of the Season" at Traprain Law.
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Our very special website is dedicated to the ongoing inspiring work at Traprain Law, Scotland UK by the
The Moorland Mousie Trust
working in harmony with
East Lothian Countryside Ranger Service and its dedicated volunteers
Liz Mercer, who is a volunteer for MMT and East Lothian Council's Conservation Service, has created this website as a celebration of their work and dedication in ensuring that our generation - and generations to come - are able to witness first hand the joy of a well maintained and thriving natural landscape while at the same time helping to ensure the stability of the rare-breed Exmoor pony.
Liz meets many visitors at Traprain Law from both East Lothian and as far away as Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Just like Liz, the visitors she meets at Traprain Law find that just through the experience of walking to the Traprain summit and witnessing the Exmoor ponies in their natural habitat gives them a true sense of wellbeing and calmness that is so frequently lost in today's fast pace of life...... .
The "13 Pony Kings of Traprain" live as a very close-knit and well harmonised community .....and studying the way they work in harmony with Nature can help Man to also understand deeper the Language of Nature and how that Language can be utilised to create a more balanced and harmonised community for Man......
Youngest Exmoor Traprain pony Bob has this message to share with you :-
A Pony's Prayer of Gratitude
(You can see a video of the full version of this Prayer by clicking this link and scrolling to the end of that page)
Photo above: Youngest Exmoor Traprain Pony Bob (c.2014 Elizabeth Mercer for MMT)
Oh Mother Earth of Traprain our herd it thanks you
As we sense the Pony Energy of our ancestors within you.
Each day we wake to give Gratitude and Joy
As our herd it plays in the early morn
Our silhouettes dancing to Traprain's form.
Bob and his Exmoor Traprain herd thank the
Moorland Mousie Trust & East Lothian Countryside Ranger Service,
volunteers and people throughout the world working to create a Planet where Man and Nature can truly be in harmony together......
Above: The "13 Pony Kings of Traprain" on the Summit (c.2013 Elizabeth Mercer for MMT)
To see The Moorland Mousie Trust - home of the Traprain Exmoor ponies - in action - just click on one of these links below to visit their website :-
MMT Traprain Blog page link : http://exmoor-pony.blogspot.co.uk/
Tele: (UK) 01398 323093
The Whistler Music Foundation : inspired by Pony Whistler (Midnight) of Traprain
If you live in East Lothian, Scotland, UK and have a child keen to learn to play a musical instrument but disadvantaged by income for "one to one" tuition The Whistler Music Foundation could be just right for you!
For information on The Whistler Music Foundation you can contact Liz direct by using the Contacts page on this website by clicking this link
UPDATE JANUARY 2017 : The Whistler Music Foundation has one place available for a student wishing to learn classical guitar (guitar can be provided) or piano. For full details visit the www.greenstringsmusic.com website "Whistler Music Foundation" page.
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