SWEP Ponies

Welcome to SWEP

We are a small Charity that was formed in 1996 by volunteers, we became a registered charity in 2001 and started employing paid staff in 2009. Our purpose is to help moorland equines on Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor who have been abandoned or are suffering from neglect or injury, whatever the cause or reasons. We try to work alongside the farmers and owners to ensure any suspected welfare issues are dealt with promptly. The ponies welfare is always our number one priority.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

(Margaret Mead (1901 – 1978))

Our work involves not only the rescue and re-homing of those horses and ponies whose plight is desperate, or who have been the victims of road traffic accidents, but also promoting welfare issues by offering advice and information.

Through our pages we hope to tell more people about the work we do. Some of the stories we have to tell are heart-warming, some harrowing, but they all reflect the problems we are trying to eradicate – that is why we are seeking your support!


Please take a moment to watch our new video which explains the life and history of the moorland pony as well as the work our charity does to help the ponies. Click on the link below to take you to You Tube so you can watch the video: