Welcome to The Dartmoor Hill Pony Association
If you wish to home a pony for riding, driving, companion or conservation grazing please go to wildtowonderful.org
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.
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.