Pony Care/ Yard Volunteers

Hill Pony Resources

Name: Pony Care/ Yard Volunteers
Organisation: Hill Pony Resources
Location: 3 Callington Road, Harrowbarrow, Cornwall, PL17 8AZ
Type: Part Time
No commitment restrictions As and when available


We are looking for volunteers who can help with the day to day care of our ponies. Experience working with equines (horses and ponies) is not necessary, however it may help. Most of the work we carry out is outdoors and on rough terrain, the weather can be unpredictable so a love of the great outdoors and average fitness is required.

We have sites at Lee Moor and Princetown, which are both situated on Dartmoor in Devon. Due to the locations and distance between the sites volunteers can choose where they would prefer to work. Volunteers can also choose days and times that suit them, if you can only spare an hour we are happy with that.

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Organisation Description

Hill Pony Resources are passionate about the ponies of Dartmoor, especially the hill ponies that are more commonly seen on the moor and have the lowest value. We aim to raise the profile of these versatile ponies and find homes for as many as we can.


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Cause / Interests

  • Animals
  • Environment
  • Heritage

Types of Activity

  • General and Helping
  • Practical Work and DIY

Skills and Qualifications


We do not require volunteers to have specific qualifications or experience with equines, however basis knowledge would help

A love of the great outdoors, Dartmoor and average fitness is all you need. The role will involve some heavy lifting and movement of equipment

We do require volunteers to be 17 or over

Own transport is preferable as our sites are quite a distance from bus stops and buses are not frequent, car sharing is a good idea


Volunteers who do not have much experience working around equines could gain such experience. Volunteering with us could be a step towards gaining a place on an equine or animal care course. Volunteers could also gain practical skills, friendship, physical fitness and a sense of achievement.

Additional/Specific Suitabilities

Minimum Age: 17
Maximum Age: NA
Disabled Access: No
Wheelchair Access: No
Expenses: We will refund the cost of bus tickets to and from the nearest bus stop to the different sites, valid bus tickets should be kept for the purpose of refunding the cost We pay the mileage rates recommended by the government, which currently stands at 45p pe
Restrictions: NA
Induction: Casual
Insurance Cover: Yes
Special Needs: NA
Offer: NA
Training: NA
Other: We recommend all volunteers wear a protective helmet when handling ponies, we cannot be held responsible for any injuries sustained if protective gear is not worn

Recruitment Method

Informal discussion, References