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Observed: 11th August 2009 By: nicjc
ponies at st breward

Seen on Bodmin Moor

    Likely ID
    Moorland pony
    Confidence: It's likely to be this, but I can't be certain.
    ID agreements (): 2 People
    • dvh24
      S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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    • the naturalist man
      The Mammal SocietyYorkshire Naturalists' Union
      Mammals expert
Species interactions

No interactions present.


nicjc's picture

Thanks for the ID

Thanks Andrew, ive researched and found this to be a probable identification,

Conservation Student

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'Wild' ponies

There are a number of semi-feral populations of horses (Equus ferus caballus) in Britain. However, they are not truely feral, domestic animals gone wild, as all populations are managed by humans to a greater or lesser extent. As far as I'm aware, even though the Bodmin Moor animals run free they are considered to be 'owned' by someone, therefore they are not even semi-feral. Are they not rounded up and branded each year, in the same way sheep are? Or am I thinking of the Dartmoor drifts when the ponies are rounded up to check there are no 'illigal' ponies grazing the moors?

There is evidence of wild horses in Britain after the last ice age but these appear to have died out long before humans arrived around 5,000 years ago. They brought domestic horses and all horses and ponies in Britain are decended from these.

Graham Banwell

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