Once used to carry loads of tin, these ponies were sturdy enough to work in coalmines, yet fast and agile enough to use as polo ponies. Although tough and built to withstand the worst of weather, the Dartmoor is an elegant mount and its calm temperament makes it an ideal pony for small children. It is versatile enough to become a more advanced pony for older children or be harnessed for the enjoyment of children and adults alike. As with some others of our native breeds, the Dartmoor is now classed as a Rare Breed. In order to retain the hardiness of the breed, the Dartmoor Pony Society now carefully selects mares from the moor, into a grading up scheme. The Dartmoor pony is up to 12.2h.h. and is black, brown, bay, chestnut, grey or roan in colour. Large white markings are not encouraged. The Dartmoor pony has been very successfully crossed with small Thoroughbreds to make top class larger show ponies.
Dartmoor Pony Society web site: http://www.dartmoorponysociety.com/
Address: Forge Cottage, 65 High Street, Warboys, Cambridgeshire PE28 2TA U.K.
both ponies belong to Lewis Anderson
With thanks to Lewis Anderson who retains the copyright of these photos.
If anyone can supply photos of ridden Dartmoor ponies, please e-mail me