Sturdy and sure­footed

Your Horse (UK) - - NATIVE BREEDS -

The Dartmoor is the Ex­moor’s near­est neigh­bour but the two are sep­a­rate breeds. The Dartmoor is slightly smaller and lacks the dis­tinc­tive ‘mealy’ muz­zle. The first writ­ten record of the ponies on Dartmoor dates back to AD 1200, re­fer­ring to wild horses near Ash­bur­ton on the moor’s south­ern edge. They were used to carry tin from the mines, so had to be sure­footed and sturdy. Un­like the Ex­moor, Ara­bian blood has been used to ‘re­fine’ the Dartmoor.

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