"Our Aim is to help you choose the right pony for you, whether for riding, driving, companionship or conservation grazing"

Why Dartmoor Ponies Need You

Dartmoor needs its ponies to graze the moor effectively and traditional herds, running with a stallion will breed – it’s nature!

Though stallions are controlled and quality inspected there is a surplus of foals every year and part of our aim is to work out ways of lessening and dealing with the surplus.

What You Can Do

There are many ways to help the ponies from giving them a home, sponsoring a pony, conservation grazing or attending one of our events.

For a more in-depth look go to our Friends of the Dartmoor Hill Pony website, just select the link here:-

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The Ponies

 There are 3 distinct types of Dartmoor Hill Ponies of varying sizes and colours.  So select below to choose the right one for you.  

If you are interested in a handled pony Visit the Member's Forum to read the "Handled Ponies" Category

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Contact Us

To purchase a pony from us - the price is from £60 including microchipping and passport. There are so many ways that you can support our work with the Dartmoor Hill Ponies. We'd very much like to hear from you. Thank you for your interest.

 

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Recommended Care for Ponies

Can you make sure fencing is secure and there is a fresh supply of water and can be checked at least once a day to make sure they are happy and well?.

When your ponies arrive they really need to be stabled for at least a week until they know you and about eating food from a bucket.  Here we start them on Dengie Alpha A with Oil and gradually add course mix until they realise it is yummy. We put water buckets in old car tyres to start with as they tip them over endlessly until they work it out. If you want some one to head collar train your ponies we can start them here, this costs £50 per pony.

 (IF YOU WISH, WE HAVE INFORMATION SHEETS AVAILABLE ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF TRAINING YOUR PONY and WE ALSO HAVE ADVISORS WHO WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO ASSIST YOU or find someone who can.) Sarah Weston has also written a very good book on training semi feral ponies.

Worming is recommended as soon as you feel they have got over the trauma of leaving Dartmoor and establish a regular programme thereafter, information sheet available. Keep your passport safely you will need to produce it for veterinary treatment or to sell your pony.

We wish you all the best with your pony and may you have as much enjoyment as we have from these amazing custodians of Dartmoor.

As a final note, please beware of the temptation to overfeed.  These ponies are used to walking 20 miles for their breakfast, if overfed can lead to digestive and laminitic problems.