Exmoor Pony

Exmoor Pony & foal

Key Characteristics

Exmoor Ponies have adapted to survive on low quality moorland grazing. They make good all-round family ponies, capable of carrying an adult and performing well when broken to harness.

History

  • The ponies have been on the moor since ancient times, and this environment shaped their size, characteristic hardiness, independent spirit and native intelligence. 
  • The isolation of the moor has protected the breed from exotic influences. 
  • Although the majority of Exmoor Ponies now are bred in studs throughout the country, herds of semi-feral free-ranging ponies still run on the moor.

Appearance

  • Stallions stand up to 12.3 hh, and mares up to 12.2 hh, with short clean legs. 
  • Exmoor Ponies are bay, brown and dun in colour and carry characteristic mealy markings on the muzzle and around the eye and flanks. 
  • Their thick winter coat, mane and tail helps to keep them warm and dry.

Uses

Riding

Exmoor Ponies make good all-round family ponies and are capable of carrying an adult. 

Driving

Exmoors can be broken to harness and are often used in pairs. Their consistent markings make a very attractive sight.

Conservation Grazing

A hardy native breed of pony, the Exmoor appears to have inherent capability and intelligence to do well on conservation sites, particularly when kept in extensive situations. As a rare breed, it also has high aesthetic appeal and is well worth consideration for use on sites with public access.

Did you know?

Fossil remains of ponies have been found on Exmoor dating back to about 50,000BC. Although DNA evidence shows that the modern Exmoor is not closely related to these ancient ponies, the resemblance of the breed to primitive wild horses is often noted.  

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