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The Exmoor Pony Herd at Cothelstone Hill

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Iain Porter

Posted by Iain Porter on 18 April 2014

The Exmoor Pony Herd at Cothelstone Hill The AONB team have had a bit of a sad week in terms of the Exmoor ponies at Cothelstone Hill.  Some of you may have noticed one of the ponies standing apart from the rest of the herd and generally looking fairly unwell. 

We had not seen her grazing for a number of days and coupled with the fact that she was starting to losing condition we decided to call a vet in.  It would seem that the pony concerned, who was 30 years old, had lost her teeth. Regrettably, the only outcome was that we would have to have her humanely dispatched.

This occurred, without complication on Thursday morning and we believe was the best decision to take for a pony that was suffering.  Unfortunately, the herd is getting old now and we are determined to make their last few years as comfortable as possible.  So from now on, we have a happy herd of just nine.

 For the last twenty-five years the AONB Service has run this herd of Exmoor Ponies on Cothelstone Hill, these provide excellent animal for our grazing management of the hill. Exmoors can graze and browse on a wide range of vegetation and are amazingly hardy and able to stand up to even the harshest of our winters.  the Exmoor Pony is in all probability a surviving ancient horse.

The herd now numbers 9 and should you ever notice any problems with the ponies please call 01823 451884 and the Rangers will respond. 


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