We were riding yesterday on Ilkerton ridge with Andrea, Charles and Mary. The weather was great, clear sky but a cold wind. After we had a couple of canters and were moseying home we were joined by the Asbos, more commonly known as the Exmoor ponies.
We get so used to seeing these guys that it’s easy to forget what a great way it is to see true native ponies living how they should, and that people travel from all over the world to see them.
These guys are great; they keep a respectable distance away but close enough for us to see their characters. They are the oldest breed of Native ponies and in 1921 the Exmoor Pony Society was set up to ensure their survival.
With the children at Pony Club we are now working towards our Native Pony Badge so with the Exmoor ponies on our door step we have a great opportunity to see them in their native environment.
A bit of info
That the definition of an Exmoor Pony be according to the Breed Standard as follows:
1. Height: The preferred Height Range is – Stallions & Geldings 11.3hh (119.4cm) to 12.3hh (129.5cm) at maturity. – Mares 11.2hh (116.8cm) to 12.2hh (127cm) at maturity.
2. General. Definite “pony” character; hard & strong; Vigorous alert and symmetrical appearance; Mealy muzzle; prominent hooded toad eye.
3. Head & Ears short, thick & pointed; clean cut face; Neck: wide forehead, eyes large, wide apart and prominent with well defined fleshy hood and pale colouration outlining the eyes (Toad Eyes); wide nostrils; mealy muzzle; clean throat; good length of rein.
4. Shoulders: Clean, fine at top, well laid back.
5. Chest: Deep & wide between & behind forelegs; Ribs long, deep, well sprung & wide apart.
6. Back: Level; broad & level across loins; tail neatly set in.
7. Legs: Clean & short, with neat hard feet; forelegs straight, well apart & squarely set; hind legs well apart, nearly perpendicular from hock to fetlock with point of hock in line with pelvis bone; wide curve from flank to hock joint; legs free in motion with no tendency to sweep or turn.
8. Action: Straight & smooth, without exaggerated action.
9. Coat: Summer – close, hard & bright.
Winter – a double-layered dense coat with an under insulating layer of fine, springy hair and an outer water-proofing layer of hard, greasy hair.
10. Colour: Bay, brown or dun, with black points; mealy colour on muzzle, round eyes & inside flanks; no white markings anywhere.
11. Quality: Alert expression and general poise indicating balance and symmetry of movement; fine clean bone.
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