Welcome to the  MMT Traprain Pony website!   

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! 

Gail Crane is the official Fundraising Volunteer for the Moorland Mousie Trust. Throughout November 2016 Gail is embarking on a month-long writing marathon to raise funds to go towards the Charity's £5,000 winter feed and vet bills.  Gail is a short story writer, not a novelist, so this Marathon will be quite a challenge for her. She will be shutting herself away in her Writer's Den to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Gail will be posting occasional updates on her Blog page and you can find out more about her Epic Marathon Novel Challenge and donate on her Just Giving page at :-


Every contribution, however small, will make a difference. Below you can see photos of Pony Whistler as a young foal at the Exmoor Pony Centre - and as he is today - a wonderful, confident pony at Traprain. As you drive past Traprain and see the silhouettes of ponies on the summit please remember - we witness such a wonderful display only because of the dedication of volunteers at the Centre who work tirelessly and with great dedication to ensure the wonderful Exmoor Pony thrives. 

Gail's wonderful Novel Marathon is a great way for us to be able to "give back" to MMT - to say "thanks for creating such Joy for us to witness their beauty in such natural a setting as Traprain".....  



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.

Above left:

Whistler and the 13 Pony Kings of Traprain enjoying a peaceful evening on Traprain's summit.

Above right:

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!


Winter Times

 Liz will be operating a flexible weekend time schedule for the Traprain stall, situated in the Traprain Car Park,  throughout the winter months. Times and days will need to vary according to weather conditions - and ponies needs! Average times Saturdays and/or Sundays will be between 10.30a.m. to 12.30 or 1.30p.m. to 3.00p.m. 

The Traprain stall gives us all an opportunity to support the work of The Moorland Mousie Trust - home of the Traprain and North Berwick ponies. Information leaflets on the work of MMT are available together with a small selection of MMT merchandise.  If you are in the area please come along and say hello! Thanks.  

Fostering Time! 

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


Just click on the link below to go to the Charity website where you can obtain the MMT 2017 Calendar and see many other items in the MMT Charity Shop! 


The MMT Traprain ponies  are proud to be able to say they are in the new 2017 MMT Calendar!


The 2017 Calendar is a great way to celebrate the wonderful work of MMT! 

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 

MMT Traprain Pony Bob giving you a Big Smile!  


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..... 


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.

To find out why just click on this link:


or visit the Latest News page on this website by clicking this link 

 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

e.mail: info@exmoorponycentre.org.uk

 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 OCTOBER 2016 : 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.


This site and all its contents are the copyright of Elizabeth Mercer and The Moorland Mousie Trust.  Permission to reproduce photographs and content displayed on this website must in the first instance be addressed to the website's creator Elizabeth Mercer at :-

e.mail : elizabeth@panettahealing.com