Thursday, 18 October 2012


We are helping 2 farmers rehome their ponies this year.  The situation is very complex on Dartmoor but due to the economy and a change in transport laws hundreds of Dartmoor Hill Ponies don't sell at the markets.  These farmers are in the process of reducing the number of ponies they keep but in the meantime they have asked us to help find homes for the ponies so they don't have to be shot.  Although the Zoo meat scheme is run by a highly skilled professional who minimises the stress for the ponies, we would prefer that these ponies are given a chance in good homes.

However, please don't take on one of these ponies if you aren't willing to ask for advice and help in how to train them.  Even if you are very experienced with horses & training youngsters, training a wild pony (especially an older one,) can be very hard if you don't have help.   We would strongly recommend you get Sarah Weston's book "No fear, no force" available on Amazon and on Sarah's website.  Please do remember we will try and help you as much as we can so do email / call us if there are any problems.  

We are asking for £50 per pony to cover the cost of microchipping / passporting and vets visit.  There is also the option of paying an extra £6 to get your pony wormed / de-loused when they are microchipped so do let us know asap if you want this to happen and transfer the extra £6.  

If you want to take on one of the ponies below then please arrange transport (PC Horse Transport, Paul, 07860 261144) / Willhayes Horse Transport, Brian, 01392 832466) then text me to check the pony you're interested in is available (Nat: 07802 218169.) Once I've confirmed they're available transfer £50 per pony to the DPTC bank account.  I'll then mark the pony as reserved on the blog and we'll be in touch about when you are coming to collect them.  This lot of ponies can be collected after the 7th November.  Bank details are:

Bank: Cooperative Bank 

Account name: Dartmoor Pony Training Centre 
Account number: 6518 3357
Sort code: 08-92-99

These ponies are going to be helping us teach people how to train semi-feral foals using gentle and non-confrontational training techniques as championed by the wonderful Sarah Weston in her book "No fear, No force" (Available on Amazon and strongly recommended if you are taking on one of these ponies.)  You're very welcome to come along and spectate on this week - 27-31 October, please contact me for more info.  

Therefore they won't be ready for collection until after the 7th November when we have the vet booked in for microchipping / passporting etc. 

Thanks for all your help everyone, it's amazing, our photos have been shared over 3500 times over facebook and if everyone has on average 250 friends, thats potentially 875,000 people who would have seen the plea! 

If anyone wants to take on a pony but isn't able to get one from this last lot please do stay in contact. When Sarah and I have got some rest (!!!!) we may be able to find out about more foals available or put you in contact with other organisations that have foals looking for homes!

Just to let you know that Sarah and I work for the DPTC as volunteers and are running this scheme in our free (!!!) time between jobs, children and very busy lives!  We don't get paid for this and are always out of pocket at the end due to driving to and from the farms to visit, photograph, microchip, help load all these ponies!  We do ask that you remain patient with us if  we can't get back to you quickly and please remember how busy we are!    Thank you!  If anyone would consider making a donation to the DPTC to help cover some of our travelling costs then it would be much appreciated! 

Thanks all,


1. Roan mare (on left of top photo with her foal,) likely to be in foal and quite young (4 ish?) 
Long feet so needs someone able to get onto handling her feet soon but VERY friendly and the gentlest nature! 

2. Roan filly foal.  Daughter of above mare - would love them to go together.  Very interested in people!  PROVISIONALLY RESERVED - AMBER 

3. Bay yearling colt, very very friendly and so sweet - stroked all over today!  Probably will only make 11hh. PROVISIONALLY RESERVED - SUE

4. Blue and white colt foal (Pictured with mother) 

5. Bay yearling colt

6. Piebald filly foal (we think it's a girl but not 100% as couldn't get that close!!!)RESERVED- KIM

7. Dark bay filly foal (big at the moment!) PROVISIONALLY RESERVED - DOMINIC

8. Blue and white yearling colt (older brother of piebald - number 6; would be great if they could stay together.)RESERVED, KIM

9. Blue and white colt foal - has rain scald on it's neck and back. PROVISIONALLY RESERVED - MANDY

10. Bay filly foal (quite nervy! We think she's a filly but not 100%)

11. Bay filly foal (we think she's a filly but not 100%)

12. Bay mare, 8-10 years old. Probably in foal.PROVISIONALLY RESERVED  - LOU

13. Bay filly foal RESERVED - LOU

14. Bay roan filly foal (not 100% a filly!) PROVISIONALLY RESERVED - AMBER 

15. Bay Mare with some roan in her, Mum of foal number 14.  8-10 years old. Probably in foal. 

16. Strawberry roan colt foal 

17. Roan (liver chestnut) mare.  Probably in foal.  Mum of number 16. 8-10 yrs old.   

18. Roan filly foal provisionally reserved 

19. Chestnut (some roan in her,) mare. Probably in foal. Mum of number 18.  8-10 years old.  Provisionally reserved.

20. Roan Mare, in foal but unlikely to foal till 2013 as foal at foot (number 9 is her foal.) 8-10 years old.   PROVISIONALLY RESERVED - MANDY

21. Bay colt foal.   He's out of a registered Mare by a Dartmoor Hill Pony Stallion.  Should make 12hh. The mare is great natured and this little guy is already showing signs of liking being around people.  

22. Bay Mare & Filly foal at foot.  PROVISIONALLY RESERVED SUZY   URGENT - This Mare and foal are from the first lot of ponies and we thought we had a home for them but I think the potential owner pulled out so they're looking for a new home asap.  

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