Catch-up wrote:That is one fluffy pony. Love the picture with the tree that looks like it started growing sideways.
Conforumist wrote:Very cool, Knight!
Where did "The Hurlers" come from?
Sister Jennifer wrote:Unreal photo's Knight. That looks like the loneliest tree in Cornwall.
chillicamper wrote:Lovely wild moorland picsCatch-up wrote:That is one fluffy pony. Love the picture with the tree that looks like it started growing sideways.
Bodmin moor does not have a specific breed of pony, so it is likely to be a Dartmoor or Exmoor pony.
The ponies on the moor are not wild animals. They all have owners. If its the same as Dartmoor, then certain farms on the moors will have rights to graze a specific number of cattle, sheep and ponies on particular moorland areas (the commons). The farmers mark their ponies to indicate the animal’s owner. They normally do this by branding the coat, but sometimes the hooves.
As with many of the native breed (Dartmoor, Exmoor, Shetland, New Forest) they do grow a really fluffy coat in the winter. It seems to have 2 layers a softer undercoat layer for warmth and a more wiry top coat layer for waterproofing. I had a Shetland pony once who could stand out all day in the rain. The top coat would matt together like felt and keep the water out from the underneath layer which was perfectly dry. Her coat in the depth of winter was easily 2 inches thick - you could lose your whole hand in it if you patted her!
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