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.