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post #1 of 15 Old 04-08-2011, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Question Exmoor Ponies?

Ok I admit, besides from my horse dictionary with little info on them, I am completely clueless when it comes to Exmoor Ponies. I need some help. It would be great if you could post some info and pics! You might even learn something from someone elses post!
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post #2 of 15 Old 04-08-2011, 08:18 PM
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Hmmm....I am at a loss. But would also love to learn!!

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The Exmoor pony is a horse breed native to the British Isles, where some still roam as semi-feral livestock on Exmoor, a large area of moorland in Devon and Somerset in southwest England. The Exmoor is one of the British Isles mountain and moorland pony breeds, having conformation similar to that of other cold-weather pony breeds. They are hardy and used for many activities, as well as contributing to the conservation and management of several natural pasture habitats. Ponies were first mentioned in Exmoor in 1086, though a breed society was not formed until 1921. The breed nearly became extinct following World War II, and today is at "critical" status by the Equus Survival Trust, with a worldwide population of about 800 animals, with between 100 and 300 active adult breeding mares in existence.

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That makes me want to help out with the ponies!!
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They are adorable!
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I will try to find more info and pics.
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There's. Barely any info.
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I live in Devon, right in between Dartmoor and Exmoor, so I have the pick of the natives!! They are characterised by a generally dark coat (almost always bay) with a mealy muzzle, and are quite fine boned, like the Welsh. Very hardy, the wild ponies live out on the moors all year round, in the driving rain and snow, and are quite well known for a friendly but stubborn nature, like most ponies! Go natives!!
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The Exmoor pony is strong for its height, with heavy, dense bone and powerful musculature, and is noted for its hardiness, disease-resistance, and endurance.[1] it shows a distinctly different jaw structure to other horse breeds, including the beginnings of development of a seventh molar.[2]
The head is somewhat large in proportion to the body, with small ears, and has a characteristic "toad eye" caused by fleshiness of the eyelids, which helps both to deflect water and provide extra insulation. As with most cold-weather pony breeds, the Exmoor grows a winter coat consisting of a highly insulative woolly underlayer and a top-coat of longer, oily hairs which prevent the undercoat from becoming waterlogged by diverting water down the sides of the animal to fall from just a few drip areas. The mane and tail are thick and long, and the dock of the tail is of a type common in cold-weather ponies, having coarse white hairs, known variously by terms such as "frost cap," or "snow chute," which deflect rainwater away from the groin and underbelly areas to fall from the long hairs on the back of the hindleg.

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