Rare Breed: Exmoor Ponies Beat the Odds
The Exmoor pony, which inhabits an area bordered by Devon and Somerset counties in England, is currently listed as endangered by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. It’s believed that these ponies derive from the original prehistoric horse that made the trek from Alaska to Great Britain some 130,000 years ago. Today, about 150 Exmoor ponies roam free on the moor and many more are being reared on farms in other parts of the UK. The Exmoor ponies benefit the environment, attract visitors and increase awareness of environmental conservation.
This article appears in the January 2019 issue of Natural Awakenings.