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Back From the Brink: The Exmoor Pony – March 6, 2018

This endangered breed gives us a rare insight into what the wild ponies looked like thousands of years ago

Bordered by Devon and Somerset counties and dropping away steeply to the Bristol Channel, the hilly, open moorland of Exmoor in southwest England is a place of freezing wet winters with driving winds. Vegetation here is tough and of little nutritional value. Only the hardiest of creatures endure in this harsh environment. The Exmoor pony is one of them, though it’s currently listed as “endangered” by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.

profile of an Exmoor ponyPhoto by Thomas Haeusler During winter, the Exmoor pony’s winter coat is composed of two different layers, which allows it to retain body heat during the English… more

by: Brooke Maree Williams

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