Exmoor Pony Breed Profile
History Of The Exmoor Pony
The Exmoor pony has inhabited the Exmoor moorland of South-West Britain for many years and is one of the oldest native breeds. The first written record of Exmoor ponies appear in the Domesday Book where 104 Exmoor pony broodmares were recorded in 1085. Exmoor ponies were used for general agricultural work such as ploughing, pulling carts and transporting farmers across rugged hills.
By 1700 local farmers were allowed to graze their ponies on the Forest and approximately 150 Exmoor ponies are still roaming free on the moor today.
A Stud Book of Exmoor ponies existed but was destroyed in World War II and at that time the Exmoor pony almost became extinct with just 50 registered mares and 4 stallions remaining. A new Stud Book was started in 1952 and numbers have risen since. However, the Exmoor Pony is currently listed as 'endangered' by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.
Height Of The Exmoor Pony
The Exmoor Pony stands 11.2 to 12.3 hh.
Colour Of The Exmoor Pony
The Exmoor pony is brown, bay or dun with black points and no white markings. The Exmoor pony is easily distinguishable from its mealy muzzle.
Breed Characteristics Of The Exmoor Pony
The Exmoor pony has a wide forehead with large eyes, thick neck, deep chest, well laid back shoulders, broad back and short legs. They are hardy and strong with good stamina and a straight and smooth action.
Temperament Of The Exmoor Pony
The Exmoor pony is alert, intelligent and kind.
Uses Of The Exmoor Pony
The Exmoor pony is an ideal child's pony but is also strong enough to carry a small adult. They are also used as a driving pony.