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Dawn Westcott

Dawn Westcott is crowdfunding

£432raised of £2,000 target by 16 supporters

Weʼre raising £2,000 to help support the Exmoor Pony Project ponies going into winter, when we face increased costs to maintain good care of 30+ Exmoor ponies

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We started the Exmoor Pony Project (previously Moorland Exmoor Foal Project) from our farm on Exmoor in 2013, when we discovered that critically endangered moorbred Exmoor pony foals were being unnecessarily excluded from proper registration and/or routed to slaughter.

Horrified about this, we reorganised the farm and worked with other Exmoor herd owners to take some of the moorbred foals into our direct care, while working to place others in new homes. Alongside this, we campaign for welfare, registration and management improvements for Exmoor ponies - and promote the breed to encourage better awareness, understanding and treatment of Exmoor ponies.

This has included, at times, taking young orphan or rescue foals and nurturing them through tricky periods and back to full health so they can enjoy life to the full in our herds. We have also taken on older ponies who have found themselves in a tight spot.

Pictured above: Some of the beautiful ponies in the Exmoor Pony Project who have found themselves in need of our help.

We have over 30 Exmoor ponies here at the farm, living in settled herds, where we have evolved a management system aimed at enabling the ponies to live as freely and naturally as possible, with their health and wellbeing a priority. There are many ponies here in the Exmoor Pony Project who would not be here today without it.

This is an informal, not-for-profit project - income from Exmoor ponies doesn't begin to cover the costs and from time to time, we need to crowdfund to keep it all going.

A particularly difficult time is coming into winter when the whole herd needs the best quality wormer, increased lorry loads of quality sea sand for the barn loafing areas, ad lib forage, supplements, hoof care, veterinary care, equipment, repairs, feed and more help. We do make some of our own forage but if the project ponies eat it, we can't sell it - so it doesn't provide income. Last year, we had to buy a lot of it in.

Every single Exmoor or Exmoor-X pony here deserves their place and is thoroughly worthwhile. Some ponies here are representing families that are excluded from the closed Exmoor Pony Stud Book, while we work to improve the registration system for Exmoor ponies and find a way of including them back into the breed, with proper recognition.

We have a Patreon Scheme at where you are welcome to join if you'd like to make a regular contribution and receive updates and video clips about the ponies and the project.

This crowdfunding appeal is specifically to help towards the increased costs we face coming into winter to maintain the Exmoor Pony Project and ensure the Exmoor ponies get everything they need.

Thank you for your support!

(You can find regular updates about the Exmoor Pony Project on our Exmoor Pony Project Facebook page).

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    • Almut Ibler

      Almut Ibler

      Nov 7, 2019


    • Anonymous


      Nov 6, 2019



    • Anonymous


      Nov 5, 2019

      Great to see the ponies on the moors.Pleasure to help with a donation.


    • Johanna Stromeyer

      Johanna Stromeyer

      Nov 2, 2019

      Thank you for your care. May you have all you need for the ponies and yourselves.


    • Annie Keetch

      Annie Keetch

      Oct 28, 2019

      You do a brilliant job Dawn for deserving ponies xx


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      Oct 28, 2019

    • Peter Hotchkiss

      Peter Hotchkiss

      Oct 27, 2019


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    The Exmoor Pony Project was founded by Nick and Dawn Westcott in 2013 to help safeguard critically endangered moorbred Exmoor ponies, particularly foals coming off the moor. Dawn is author of books Wild Pony Whispering, Wild Stallion whispering & Wild Herd Whispering.

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