Dartmoor Ponies

Up on Dartmoor there are around 800 semi-feral ponies. Dartmoor ponies are small, strong and hardy, which made them perfect working horses. In the 1930’s there were over 25,000 Dartmoor ponies on the moor, and as far back as medieval times they were used for transporting tin from the many mines in the area. Archaeologists have found signs of domestication dating back to 1,500 BC, and bones have been found dating back to the Neolithic revolution 3,500 BC.  They have an extremely gentle temperament, and for me no trip to the moors is complete without a little stroke of their noses.

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