Dartmoor Ponies at Mount Edgcumbe

It’s that time of year when our four legged equine friends make a welcome return to Mount Edgcumbe for a little holiday. The ponies can be seen grazing around Penlee Battery and Watch House Field. They are on loan from…

Dartmoor Ponies at Mount Edgcumbe

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It’s that time of year when our four legged equine friends make a welcome return to Mount Edgcumbe for a little holiday. The ponies can be seen grazing around Penlee Battery and Watch House Field. They are on loan from the Dartmoor Pony Society to Mount Edgcumbe Country Park and Cornwall Wildlife Trust, and are helping to maintain the habitat of this SSSI.
The ponies are part of the Dartmoor Pony Society Moorland Scheme which aims to ensure the survival of the Dartmoor Pony. The Dartmoor pony is the emblem on the national park and once the native pony of the moor. It has been largely replaced by cross-bred varieties and because of this only a few of the original extremely hardy Dartmoor Ponies are left, mainly on farms. The intention of the scheme is to introduce a breeding programme of Dartmoor mares to increase the number of true Dartmoor Ponies onto the moor which will possess the metabolism to thrive on the natural moorland vegetation.
The ponies at the park are all mares. They have been moved off the moors over the winter period to areas where there is better grazing to help improve the condition of the mares before foaling.

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