From time immemorial ponies have been running on Dartmoor.Though there have been few references through the centuries to the ponies in old writings, the earliest is said to have been in about the eleventh century.
Registration of pedigree Dartmoor Ponies by the Dartmoor Pony Society started in 1899. Many people are not aware that there is a big difference between “Dartmoor Ponies” and “Ponies on Dartmoor”! The Breed Standard permits Black, Brown, Grey, Chestnut and Bay, but Piebald, Skewbald or Coloured ponies are not allowed.The maximum Height allowed is 12.2hh.
All Dartmoor Pony herds are owned by farmers on the moor. Every year in September, the ponies are rounded up and moved from the higher moor for winter grazing and shelter.This event is called “the drift” and there are pictures in the book showing this happening.
Dartmoor Ponies are an essential part of Dartmoor as their grazing habits keep the moor in good shape for other grazing animals.