Exmoor Pony:The Exmoor is the oldest of the British Mountain and Moorland ponies, considered to be the most primitive of all the domestic horses.
The ponies have roamed the bleak, open moors of southwestern England for centuries and are believed to be the direct descendants of the horses that walked onto Britain before it was an island.
Because they lead an almost completely isolated life on the wild moors of Devon and Somerset they have been able to retain nearly all their pure-blooded qualities since the ice age.
The average height range is 11.3hh to 12.3hh for stallions and geldings, and 11.2hh to 12.2hh for mares.
Ponies weigh on average 700 to 800 pounds. Their are no white markings on these ponies and their colors are bay and brown, occasionaly dun with black points.
The Exmoor was used to pull chariots in the bronze age, today they are often used as a saddle horse for hunting on their native moors inspite of their size.
Currently, the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy considers the population of the Exmoor to be at "threatened" levels. The UK Rare Breeds Survival Trust considers the breed to be
"endangered", meaning that population numbers are estimated to be under 500 in Great Britain. The Equus Survival Trust also considers the breed to be "critical", meaning that there are between 100 and 300 active adult breeding mares in existence today. As of 2010, there are estimated to be around 800 Exmoors worldwide
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