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The Reason for Introducing the plan for Pony Meat for Human Consumption for Future of Ponies and Dartmoor

To stop foals being shot in the year they are born.
-Natural England recommend and ensure the correct number of ponies are kept on the moor.

This year
300 foals are homed with a hope they will become riding driving companions or for become part of conservation grazing herds.
50 foals go back onto the moor to join the grazing herds of approx. 900 ponies.
In excess of 400 foals are shot.
This is not acceptable.

The Solution
Breed Less/management to create age strata of the herd to add value to the ponies, giving confidence by ensuring an end use.
Use contraception on mares.
Reduce number of breeding mares, but keep the numbers the same by introducing young ponies.
By increasing the number of young female stock returned to the moor who will not breed until they are three and using contraception on the older mares.
3 year old ponies will have a value they are the correct age to train or go for meat.
- maintaining the correct number of ponies recommended by Natural England.

RESULT
So in Future Years, foal crop reduced,  pony numbers maintained.
100 foals are homed with a hope they will become riding driving companions or become part of conservation grazing herds.
200 filly foals go back onto the moor to join the herd of approx. into the herd of approx. 900 ponies.
100 Three year old ponies for training or meat.
The ponies do not enter the food chain until they reach three. This gives the foals currently shot before they are 1yr, 3 summers running free on the moor.

Conclusion
Those wanting to train a pony for riding and driving prefer to start training when the ponies are 3yrs old, demand created.
A farmer, knowing that there is a meat trade as a fall back, is more confident keeping that pony until that age, demand created.
It improves the chance of a foal growing and being trained for life.
Future created.

 

Pony on the menu

During the last few years many Dartmoor farmers have stopped keeping ponies as they are no longer viable and unless a way can be found to make them profitable the remaining farmers will have to do the same. Hill Farmers can’t afford to keep luxuries and this will mean that the Moor won’t be grazed properly, gorse will flourish making whole areas inaccessible and eventually the tourist trade will drop.
This project already has support from some of the hoteliers on the moor and we are confident that others will follow as pony meat, like venison, is low in fat, high in omega 3, organic and delicious. It is really versatile, and can be eaten as steak or roasted, both of which the French enjoy or made into sausages or savoury meats such as salami and pastrami .
A small abattoir has been chosen that deals compassionately with ponies.
As that well known Dartmoor auctioneer Tim Garratt has said for years “ eat horsemeat, it’s good for the ponies!”
Please click here if you wish to to make a purchase.

*Please support us by signing this petition in order to secure next stage of contraceptive project. Click here for the link.

Here you can learn all about the history, breeding, habitat and lives of the ponies found today on the commons of Dartmoor National Park. You will also find up-to-date information about the ponies on Dartmoor throughout the year.

Due to the economic problems being felt in this country and abroad, the sale of horses and ponies has dramatically decreased. For semi-feral herds across the UK this has become a huge problem. Dartmoor relies on its herds of ponies to keep the careful ecological balance. Without the ponies, the moorland would become vastly overgrown, not only preventing the vital income brought by tourists but also greatly damaging the habitats of a number of insects and birds and other animals.

We urgently need your help to prevent this.

 

 

 

The Reason for Introducing the plan for Pony Meat for Human Consumption for Future of Ponies and Dartmoor

To stop foals being shot in the year they are born.
-Natural England recommend and ensure the correct number of ponies are kept on the moor.
This year
300 foals are homed with a hope they will become riding driving companions or for become part of conservation grazing herds.
50 foals go back onto the moor to join the grazing herds of approx. 900 ponies.
In excess of 400 foals are shot.
This is not acceptable




The Solution
Breed Less/management to create age strata of the herd to add value to the ponies, giving confidence by ensuring an end use.
Use contraception on mares.
Reduce number of breeding mares, but keep the numbers the same by introducing young ponies.
By increasing the number of young female stock returned to the moor who will not breed until they are three and using contraception on the older mares.
3 year old ponies will have a value they are the correct age to train or go for meat.
- maintaining the correct number of ponies recommended by Natural England.
RESULT
So in Future Years
Foal crop reduced,  pony numbers maintained.
100 foals are homed with a hope they will become riding driving companions or become part of conservation grazing herds.
200 filly foals go back onto the moor to join the herd of approx. into the herd of approx. 900 ponies.
100 Three year old ponies for training or meat.
The ponies do not enter the food chain until they reach three. This gives the foals currently shot before they are 1yr, 3 summers running free on the moor.
Conclusion
Those wanting to train a pony for riding and driving prefer to start training when the ponies are 3yrs old, demand created.
A farmer, knowing that there is a meat trade as a fall back, is more confident keeping that pony until that age, demand created.
It improves the chance of a foal growing and being trained for life.
Future created.