Foal Watch

This foal was born into the eye of the Mini beast from the east, the mother and foal have coped well in temperatures below freezing, snow and ice.

These ponies have roamed Dartmoor for thousands of years and are well adapted to the Dartmoor weather. They know where to go to get out of the biting wind, find running water when all around is frozen, and even eat gorse which the ponies know is a valuable food source, grinding it with their feet first to make it palatable and remove the prickles.

Following on from the great success last year of a project set up by The Friends of the Dartmoor Hill Pony "THE DARTMOOR FOAL WATCH FACEBOOK PAGE” is running again.

Last year many foals found homes even before they had come in from the moor on the annual pony drift. In October, the ponies are herded off the moor and brought back to the farms where they are checked and the foals weaned and then the decision is made as to which ponies can return to the moor. The foals that cannot return to the moor because Natural England states how many ponies must be on the moor have an uncertain future.

Charlotte Faulkner from Friends of the Dartmoor Hill pony said “Foal watch proved a great way for us to find out about the foals, where they are, when they were born and to start to promote the ponies that may need a home after the drift. If we know what foals are out there, we can find them homes.” The idea of Dartmoor foal Watch is to take a picture of the mare and foal when you see them on the moor, no less than 15 yards away, as you do not want to disturb the ponies, once you have taken a photo, post it on the Dartmoor foal watch Facebook page, saying where on the Moor you took the photo. So don’t get too close and have fun on Foal Watch! Thank you for your help. If you fall in love with one of the foals, please fill out the contact form.