Photographer's Note

I can't remember the exact location of this image. It was taken soon after visiting Haytor.
The Dartmoor pony is a horse breed that has lived in south western England for centuries and is used for a variety of disciplines. Because of the extreme weather conditions experienced on the moors, the Dartmoor is a particularly hardy breed with excellent stamina. Over the centuries it has been used as a working animal by local tin miners and quarry workers. It is kept in a semi-feral state on Dartmoor.

Despite this, numbers have declined from an estimated 25,800 in the 1930s to about 5,000 today. Only around 800 ponies were known to be grazing the moor in the spring of 2004.
We saw a lot of these ponies with their foals very close to the roads. It is easy to imagine that there would be a large number of road accidents with ponies (and other livestock)unless drivers are very aware of this potential.

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