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Weʼre raising £2,500 to raise funds for the Exmoor Pony Project which helps to safeguard Exmoor ponies and encourages better treatment, training and understanding

Exmoor National Park, UK

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Our Exmoor Pony Project (est 2013) helps to safeguard, promote and improve welfare and opportunities for endangered breed Exmoor ponies. There are over 30 Exmoor ponies in our direct care and we're looking to raise funds to continue and evolve this work. Can you help?

Our main areas of focus include: 1) Helping to safeguard endangered breed Exmoor Ponies. 2) Encouraging better pony handling, treatment & understanding. 3) Giving Exmoor ponies good opportunities and promoting the breed. 4) Campaigning for pony welfare and management improvements. 


There aren't many Exmoor ponies born in Exmoor National Park each year - and every Exmoor pony is important. Sometimes they need a helping hand to find the right opportunities.

We’re working with other moorland farmers and herd owners and together, we're improving breeding practices, moorland & pony management, communication & promotion, and helping to safeguard Exmoor pony genetics.


Who are we? The project is run by us, Nick and Dawn Westcott, from our farm in the Porlock Vale, Exmoor, and a significant number of the ponies would not be here today without this project.

Running the Exmoor Pony Project is a challenge which requires a lot of work and resource. We’re raising funds to help maintain high standards of care and management of the ponies, replace worn out equipment and progress their training - so they can all benefit.

Although an important and endangered British Native pony breed, the market value for Exmoor ponies is low and being wild-born, intelligent and independent thinking - taming and training the ponies takes the time it takes. Costs cannot be easily covered but the ponies are worth it. So the Exmoor Pony Project needs sponsorship. If you'd like to help fund our work, we - and the ponies - appreciate your support.

* The Exmoor pony breed is listed as endangered and ‘In Decline’ on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust’s 2018 Danger List and there is a sharp decline in the number of female foals being registered.

You can find out more about our work on the website at Exmoor Pony Project

Thank you for your support! We really appreciate it.

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  • Dawn Westcott2 months ago
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    2 months ago

    Here are some cheeky faces looking in to the barn yesterday! The recent rain has given everything a huge boost and there's now greenery flourishing everywhere, including the grass. We've been busy sorting out the outside schooling area and looking forward to setting up some agility objects soon. The ponies are all doing well and we're starting to see some gorgeous summer coats emerging.

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  • Jaki Parsons

    Jaki Parsons

    Jul 26, 2018

    Love the work you are doing

    £20.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Jul 24, 2018

    your doing a wonderful thing to help these fantastic ponies have a future

  • Julie Cope

    Julie Cope

    Jul 19, 2018

    Thank you Exmoor Pony Project for all the hard work both hands on and behind the scenes that you do for this beautiful amazing endangered breed xx

    £30.00

  • Jackie Egelton

    Jackie Egelton

    Jul 14, 2018

    Hope this helps Dawn...

    £10.00

  • Jane Leadsham

    Jane Leadsham

    Jun 15, 2018

    Thank you for all your hard work to help the Exmoor ponies

    £10.00

  • Jaki Parsons

    Jaki Parsons

    Jun 6, 2018

    Nice to see someone taking an interest in these ponies

    £20.00

  • Joyce

    Joyce

    Jun 6, 2018

    You are doing a great job. The ponies need you.

    £50.00

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Dawn Westcott

Dawn Westcott

Exmoor National Park, UK

Dawn Westcott is co-founder of the Exmoor Pony Project and Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group (MEPBG). Author of real-life Exmoor pony stories, Wild Pony Whispering, Wild Stallion Whispering and Wild Herd Whispering. Based in Exmoor National Park. www.wildponywhispering.co.uk.

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