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This is a digital painting of a mare and foal Dartmoor pony, produced with Andy’s brushes in DAP together with Gimp, using an original photograph with the kind permission of photographer Ali Taylor.
Information from Wikipedia
Archeological investigation from the 1970s has shown that domesticated ponies were to be found on Dartmoor as early as 1500 BC.
The Dartmoor Pony was used in medieval times for carrying heavy loads of tin from the mines across the moor.
Numbers of ponies have declined from an estimated 25,800 in the 1930s to about 5,000 today.
The coloured pony has been found on Dartmoor since Medieval times, according to historical records and they number around 800 today. They can be found all over the Moor, varying in size and shape according to habitat.
Classic Dartmoor Hill Pony type
The lower you go on the Moor, the larger you will find the ponies. As the climate becomes less harsh, the vegetation becomes more plentiful and palatable, and so the habitat is able to sustain a bigger pony. These larger ponies are mainly bays, blacks, chestnuts and greys and are the largest group, with about 1100 in total today.
All ponies free-roaming on Dartmoor are owned and protected by Dartmoor Commoners.