Welcome to the Magic of Personal PoniesPersonal Ponies began with the dream of our founder, Marianne Alexander (and just two ponies) to do something special for special children. As a breeder of Connemara Ponies and Irish Sport Horses, for more than 3 decades, she wanted to give something back. She discovered the incredible sensitivity of the UK Shetland Pony to children with disabilities, and saw first hand how they changed children’s lives. She knew what she had to do.
Our mission today is to bring SMILES and make MAGIC in special needs folks lives; to bring joy in a most unusual way. We believe (and we’ve seen it happen over and over again!) that the lives of anyone with special needs are immeasurably enriched by having a small equine companion to love and interact with— so this is what we do! Our ponies are uniquely suited in temperament and size to small children but work their magic with any age or need.
Since our humble beginnings, Personal Ponies has grown into a national organization involving volunteers throughout the country. We now have ponies placed in almost every state. Our breeding program has about 18 stallions, 50 mares and more than 400 registered ponies placed serving their communities.
Our current model is to lease our ponies to therapeutic centers or individuals who work have programs in their communities. This insures our ponies reach as many people and families as possible in safe, supervised environments. By placing them in therapeutic centers, we are assured our ponies will be in environments with knowledgeable, well trained folks who will respect and honor what our special UK Shetlands can bring to their organization.
We also partner with Pet Partners - a well respected organization who evaluates and registers animals as therapeutically ready to serve. We have negotiated a partnership where Pet Partners provides discounts to folks/centers having our ponies to go thru their training, evaluation and registration program. In addition, ponies coming out of our breeding centers will be worked and readied to be able to go through the evaluation process if the center inwhich they are placed wishes to do so. The 2 year registration with Pet Partners comes with $2 million liability insurance coverage. While Personal Ponies has been breeding, raising and placing ponies for over 30 years, we felt it would be beneficial for centers to know that our ponies not only have our endorsement but can meet the requirements of an objective third party.
To get more info on why you might consider Personal Ponies to add ponies to your community service programs see the "Why Consider Ponies from Personal Ponies?"tab on our site. We would welcome any questions and inquiries you may have. Enjoy looking through our site- we have a long and rich history of placing our special ponies in special environments to connect with people of all ages and abilities.