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“Bring a picnic”

Miniature Pony Centre
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Owner description: We are now open everyday from Wednesday 22nd March until Sunday 29th October. We are open from 10.30 am until 4.30 pm.
Reviewed July 21, 2014

we visited on 12th July. It was our second visit here, this time with our 2 year old. The staff are lovely and the set-up is great as you can go in with the miniature ponies and donkeys. The animals are tame well cared for, the bedding is clean & fresh & there are plenty of other animals to see. Children over 3 years can do a bit of riding but we didn't feel as though our little girl was missing out in not being quite old enough. There are feeding times & other activities if you want to get involved. They provide a timetable on arrival. Visitors are justifiably not allowed to feed the ponies as it would invite nipping behaviour from the animals & accordingly the ponies are fine with little ones. If its raining there are several very large indoor play areas for all ages and there is outdoor adventure play equipment as well. My only criticism is the catering. We ordered a child's sandwich (they'd run out of pasta by midday) and 2 paninis with some soft drinks. Half an hour later I went to find out where the food was to be told most unapologetically that there had been a rush, they were busy & we'd need to wait our turn (not that there was any evidence of rushing around in the kitchen from what I could see). I did point out that I felt it was a bit unreasonable to keep people with small children waiting over half an hour for a cheese sandwich without warning people about the waiting time and the food turned up a few minutes later. Evidently, the rush was a child's birthday party for 7 and 4 other tables occupied in the cafe area some of whom were already eating. If that's busy I feel sorry for them dealing with the summer holiday rush! I would also add that the food is really quite expensive. If we go again I'll take my picnic but I'd certainly recommend it as a day out.

Thank MrsTO
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OMPC, Manager at Miniature Pony Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2014

Thank you for your review of The Miniature Pony Centre. I am pleased that you and your family had a good day out here.
We have taken on board your comments on the cafe and would like to offer our apologies for you wait.
Again, thank you for your review.

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Reviewed July 21, 2014

Visited here some years ago when there were many more animals, notably:- pigmy goats and pot-bellied pigs, rabbits, etc. etc. The horses and donkeys are lovely but we were otherwise a little disappointed. Some parts were rather untidy too.

Thank enjay3005
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OMPC, Manager at Miniature Pony Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 23, 2014

Thank you for your review of The Miniature Pony Centre. I am sorry that you did not find all of the animals that we have here.
We still have goats in a paddock behind the Riding Arena which our customers are able to go in with. There are also two feeding sessions where our customers have a chance to give the cheeky goats there breakfast and tea.
We have never had any Pot-bellied pigs, but we have got two Kune Kune pigs, (also a miniature breed) in a paddock near the trampolines.
A little further on from the pigs you can find our pets paddock. In there we have a barn housing our rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and chicks. Out side of the barn we have degus and chipmunks.
There is also a large walk in aviary with a variety of different fowl and runner ducks and two aviaries with smaller birds. If you venture down into the Willow Garden you will find two Saddle Back piglets. Our two Heavy Horses, Buster and Harris are in the barn next to the Riding Arena.
Lastly there is the Main Barn with our miniature donkeys and our miniature donkey foal Amarula and the Front Paddock with our miniature ponies and there foals, (both of which you can go in with). We feel that all of this provides our customers with a good variety of animals to see and cuddle.
Again, thank you for your review.

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Reviewed July 19, 2014

A super day out for children of all ages lots to do and prices very reasonable very much a hands on experience for the youngsters all the animals being accessible amazing miniature donkeys about the size of a dog. The drive to the attraction across dartmoot is breathtakingly beautiful. There are lots of other fun things for kids to do and look at take your children or grandchildren you wont be disappointed

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OMPC, Manager at Miniature Pony Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 21, 2014

Thank you for your review of The Miniature Pony Centre.
We are glad that you had such a great day with us and driving across Dartmoor certainly does get your day off to a good start.
We hope to see you again soon.
The Miniature Pony Centre Team

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Reviewed July 15, 2014

We were very excited to go to see the ponies, as our young chap had ridden his first horse the previous year and was keen to have another go. Lots of animals to snuggle including baby donkeys and ponies and plenty to see. Both children (aged 4 1/2 and 18 months) had a fab day. There is a lovely picnic area with slides and climbing stuff for the children so we could enjoy our lunch out of the sun. I think the highlight for our boy was riding in a real tractor and getting to toot the horn and use the crane! For me it was stroking the ponies who were so friendly and sweet.
Highly recommended

Thank Lillekat
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OMPC, Manager at Miniature Pony Centre, responded to this reviewResponded July 17, 2014

Thank you for your review of the Miniature Pony Centre.
We are glad that you had a lovely day and enjoyed stroking the friendly animals. It is so important that people get the chance to get close to all the different animals we have here so they can really appreciate how wonderful they are.
We hope to see you again.
The Miniature Pony Centre team.

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Reviewed July 8, 2014

Fantastic day with 4 year old granddaughter, lots of ponies, donkeys, foals and pets to touch that really kept her interested and was hugely successful. Well laid out play areas, picnic areas and soft play centres to keep various ages occupied during the rain showers. Interesting dressage demonstration by rider on full size lippazanner horse.

Thank pbhPlymouth
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