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.

  • 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.


  • 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.


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

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

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.

Breed Societies

For more information contact the Exmoor Pony Society