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Dartmoor Pony


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  • Pony.


  • Dartmoor Pony   Dartmoor Pony  .

General information

  • Originally from Devon, England.
  • The breed was hit hard by World War I and II. A breeding program was then established.
  • Contributed to the development of the British Riding Pony   Riding Pony  .
  • A Good first mount for children.
  • Gentle and quiet.
  • Surefooted.
  • Reliable and sensible.
  • Economical to keep.
  • Well-adapted to harsh weather.
  • The Dartmoor pony is in Category 3 ('vulnerable') on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) Rare Breeds Watch List, officially classifying it as a rare breed in the UK, with numbers between 500-900. This is based on the number of registered breeding females in the UK.
  • Visit the RBST website to view their full Watch List 2014 - . 


  • Celtic Pony   →    Arab   Arab  .

Principal uses

  • Riding.


  • Registered.

Biologic Data

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Further Reading


Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Hendricks B L (1995) International Encyclopedia of Horse Breeds. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 8-8061-2753-8.
  • Ball C (1994) Horse and Pony Breeds. Quintet Publishing Ltd. ISBN 1-85076-500-6.
  • Hartley Edwards E (1994) The Encyclopedia of the Horse. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 1-7513-011-59.


  • The Dartmoor Pony Society, Fordans, 17 Clare Court, Newbiggen Street, Thaxted, Essex CM6 2RN, UK.
  • British Horse Society, British Equestrian Center, Stoneleigh, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2LR, UK.

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