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Don’t feed the ponies

- New signs to be put up in hilltop car parks

Tim Russell

Posted by Tim Russell on 24 January 2012

Don’t feed the ponies Perhaps not quite as exciting as ‘Don’t Feed the Bears’ in Jellystone National Park … but a very important message none the less.

Rangers will soon be putting up Don’t Feed the Ponies signs on our wooden information posts situated in the hilltop car parks.

Some members of the public are feeding the hilltop ponies in the car parks or on the road side and this causes all sorts of problems:

  • Ponies are attracted to the side of the road where they are a nuisance to traffic and can also be hit
  • Feeding in car parks encourages ponies to expect food and they can become aggressive if they don’t get any
  • Quite probably the food given to them will not be appropriate to their hilltop lifestyle

We would really appreciate it if people do not feed the ponies.

The ponies that graze the commons do not belong to the AONB Service, they belong to members of the Quantock Pony Breeders group.

Whilst we do not take responsibility for these animals it is important that they do not cause problems to the public and  that people do not cause them problems.  They are best left well alone and certainly not fed.

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    24 Feb 12

    Yeah, feeding the ponies on roadside can create inconvenience to the ongoing traffic and this should be stopped. pop art

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