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Welcome to The Friends of The Dartmoor Hill Ponies
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Friends of the Dartmoor Hill Pony are dedicated to supporting all the ponies on Dartmoor. All the ponies have a value to the ecology of the moor, and are good enough even with a bit of white here of there. Shape or size is not important as long as they can do the job they have adapted to do; to graze and maintain the difficult moorland environment. Dartmoor Hill Ponies are the ones that still thrive on Dartmoor and are the inheritors of the harsh landscape that has shaped their genes. Unlike other organisations protecting the Dartmoor Ponies, we do not believe that a Dartmoor pony should fit a breed standard of certain colours and shapes, decided in 1925.
The hill ponies live on the moor and are bred for hardiness and temperament so they can survive and be managed and in turn, keep the moorland vegetation and habitats as they should be. For this reason, they are “true children’s friends,” and the basis of many future competition animals and the perfect tool for looking after Dartmoor.
We would be delighted for you to become a member of our voluntary organization, Friends of the Dartmoor Hill Pony. We are dedicated to the job of supporting and promoting these ponies to give them a future on the moor, and also ensure them a good home when they leave the moor. We want them to have an identity and therefore a real value.
We have spent the last few years putting a management plan in place to ensure the welfare of the Dartmoor Hill Pony and to secure their future on Dartmoor. Unfortunately, as with all such ventures, funding is required, together we want to ensure the future of ponies on Dartmoor and now we just need to find a way to fund it as Natural England are no longer in a position to do so. We need your help to turn this nightmare around. There are many issues surrounding their welfare and future survival. There is no one simple answer to a multitude of challenges which include management of foal production, disease control and of course finding them good homes when they leave the moor.
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