Dartmoor Ponies

I was up on Scorhill yesterday, a beautiful blue sky day and there were quite a few ponies around. I’m sure I photographed this grey mare in 2010, she hangs around the same spot. Ā  As well as this years foal, last years was still close by and I managed to snap them as she herded them away. I had the zoom lens on so I wasn’t too close.

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Aren’t they beautiful?

29 thoughts on “Dartmoor Ponies

  1. Reblogged this on Cheryl Andrews and commented:
    As must see … Gilly’s fascinating slideshow of Dartmoor Ponies. The Dartmoor Pony has lived in south-western England for centuries and is used for a variety of disciplines. Because of the extreme weather conditions experienced on the moors, the Dartmoor is a particularly hardy breed with excellent stamina. Over the centuries it has been used as a working animal by local tin miners and quarry workers. It is kept in a semi-feral state on Dartmoor, Devon.

    Despite this, numbers have declined from an estimated 25,800 in the 1930s to about 5,000 today. Only around 800 ponies were known to be grazing the moor in the spring of 2004

    1. You checked them out yourself! how lovely of you. When you drive across the moor they seem abundant but that’s partly because they hang around near the road hoping to get some handouts. People tempting them with food has caused problems in the past, I remember one time I was sitting in my car eating fish and chips with my daughter and my friend, when a pony head popped in the window! They are declining because of interbreeding and pure Dartmoors are becoming scarce.

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  3. We came across a small herd of wild horses two years ago quite by accident. We went back last year as they migrated down from the mountains for water and food. We will be there again this spring! Your photos bring it all back. Such an exhilarating sight! Thank you for the reminder.

  4. Good thing they didn’t run towards you. Hehe. šŸ˜€
    I do wish to see more of the black one, but the tall one will absolutely do, esp. with it running and you can see its muscles.

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