If you venture onto Dartmoor in Devon you will not be able to miss the iconic Dartmoor Ponies. The ponies are very hardy and actually thrive on Dartmoor despite the harsh winter weather. In fact, by grazing the moor they play a vital role in maintaining a variety of habitats and supporting wildlife. They become very adept at knowing where to shelter, where the water sources are and where to go for the best spring grass.
They tend to be very friendly although they are better left alone to graze and you should never feed them, they are however partial to having their photograph taken as seen in my captures below. There are herds of beautiful pedigree Dartmoor ponies living out on the commons all year-round. They have the genetics to thrive in the harshest of conditions, with their dense, thick coats and thick manes & tails. Dark coats give great protection from sunburn and neat, hard black feet are perfect for traveling many miles a day across granite strewn moorland