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Country diary: herding wild ponies from hill to homestead

27.11.2017
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Brendon Common, Exmoor The ponies have been part of Exmoor's bleak uplands for hundreds, probably thousands, of yearsWhen the first of the herd appeared on the horizon over Withycombe Ridge, the horse I was riding began to tremble. Excitement pulsed up the reins and I could feel his heartbeat thumping through the saddle. He stared transfixed, head high, pink nostrils flared, as the feral ponies flickered into view, their dark brown coats almost plum-coloured next to the dun moorland. They came closer, flowing down the hillside and splashing through the tiny ford at Lank Combe. We could see the light, mealy-coloured patches marking out their eyes and muzzles: a distinct feature of the Exmoor pony, Britain's oldest native pony breed. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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