Dartmoor Pony

  U.K. visit Xmas / New Year 2009

On her first visit to Perth in 2005, Lise met a U.K. lad on holiday from Devon. He subsequently emmigrated to Australia, and this Xmas season of 2009/2010 saw them travel to the U.K. for her first white Xmas in Devon.  Before leaving the U.K. Lise went up to the moors to see the semi-wild ponies near Haytor, and took photos of the very shaggy creatures.  Lise's Dart at home isn't very much like the native ponies on the moor, but then again, their lifestyle is very different to what our Dartmoors have here in Australia.  Enjoy these photos of the native Dartmoors in their winter woollies up on the moors of Devon.

Friendly Dartmoor Pony with Lise 

Ponies on the moorChestnut Dartmoor Pony 


Native Pony on side of the roadSmall group of Ponies 














Annual mustering of ponies on the moor


The Dartmoor is the native pony breed of the county of Devon in the South West of England. The ponies have been recorded living on the wild and unhospitable moors of Dartmoor since the Middle Ages. The ponies have the metabolism to prosper in the tough and uncompromising conditions they have to contend with. The ponies have an exceptional temperament and breeders have long realized their potential as children's ponies with the ability to make wonderful companions, give endless fun, and if required compete and succeed in all spheres of competition.

There are many ponies living on Dartmoor, all sizes and colours, most of unknown breeding. The true to type Dartmoor Pony with known breeding is recognized as a rare breed by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and is typical of the ponies seen in the show ring at County Shows throughout the United Kingdom.

Heritage Ponies

These ponies are unregistered true to type ponies who have been given Heritage Trust List (HTL) status. They remain unregistered unless they enter, if approved and meet certain criteria, the Dartmoor Pony Society/Duchy of Cornwall Upgrading Scheme.

HTL status was granted several years ago to The Dartmoor Heritage Trust, a charity not connected with the Dartmoor Pony Society, to allow farmers on Dartmoor to obtain payments to assist them to retain their unregistered but true to type herds on the Moor.

Information on the Dartmoor breed per  Dartmoor Pony Society