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The Exmoor Pony

History of the Exmoor Pony

Article – General Interest for students

The Exmoor pony has inhabited the Exmoor moor land of South-West Britain for many years. Records of 104 Exmoor ponies appear in the Doomsday Book of 1085 and by 1700 local farmers were allowed to graze their ponies on the Forest. Today Exmoors are a rare breed with less than 1000 worldwide. The purebred Exmoor Pony remains relatively wild, although they are herded and brought in for inspection and branding once a year. They have a waterproof double coat which is exceptional amongst the native breeds and allows them to live out on the moors and maintain good condition without any feed other than the sparse grazing of the moors on which they live

General Appearance
The Exmoor Pony is best recognized for its short legs. Exmoors commonly have large eyes, a dished face, thick neck, deep chest, well laid back shoulders and a broad back.

The Exmoor Pony is Brown, Bay or Dun with Black points and is easily distinguishable with its mealy muzzle. Exmoor ponies do not have any white markings.

Temperament
The Exmoor Pony is alert, intelligent, kind and loving. They have spirit and are renowned for being stubborn at times.

Uses for the Dartmoor Pony
The Exmoor Pony is an ideal riding pony for older children or adults, being very cheeky and sometimes quite stubborn. There are some though, that will make the perfect first mount.

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