Exmoor Ponies WE

This entry of the Exmoor ponies was filed by Sue McGeever of the Exmoor Pony Society, and the pictures were kindly facilitated by Tricia Gibson.


Species: Equus caballus

Subspecies/Breed/Type Exmoor

Country: United Kingdom

Region/Province/Range: Exmoor National Park

Population type: Semi-feral / Free-ranging

Estimated Population size: about 500 registered horses (2015)

Management Authority: Exmoor Pony Society

Images from Tricia Gibson

Details of Population

The Exmoor National Park is home to the registered Exmoor pony – one of Britain’s rare native breed recognised by the Rare Breed Survival Trust (Watchlist, Category 2 Endangered).  The Exmoor Pony Society manages the horses, and was formed in 1921 with the specific aim of ensuring that this rare native breed continues to run free on Exmoor and continues to exhibit all the traits and characteristics of its ancestors.The semi-feral herds of ponies run out all year round.  There are currently twenty herds running out on Exmoor.

Structure and demographics

There are approximately 500 ponies registered into the semi-feral herds.  There are approximately 20 stallions and 480 mares and female young-stock with the age ranging from foals to 30 plus years of age.

There are in total twenty herds belong to different moorland herd owners and these run out on different sections of Exmoor. Some herds are on single herd commons and other herds share commons with one or two other herds.  Not all of the herds are breeding herds.

Issues worth noting and needed actions

The population of registered Exmoor ponies is believed to be secure.

Further reading

Visit the Exmoor Pony Society website: Exmoor Pony Society


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