Exmoor Pony Society
Exmoor ponies are versatile, adaptable, very strong for their size and able to turn their hooves to a wide variety of activities.
Historically, the Exmoor pony was used by the hill farmers to undertake all kinds of work from being ridden for shepherding to being used in harness for ploughing, harrowing, taking feed to stock and the farmer’s family to market and church.
Today, their sturdy build makes them excellent family ponies being small enough for a child but with enough substance and length of stride to make an excellent mount for a small adult.
Exmoors can be seen winning under saddle in the show ring both in flat classes and as Working Hunter Ponies. More and more Exmoors are qualifying for major national championships such as the Horse of the Year Show. In 2013 eight ponies qualified for the M&M ridden championship at HOYS.
They are also making their presence felt in other spheres. They make excellent driving ponies as they have the stamina to keep going all day. An increasing number of ponies are being broken to drive, in some cases because their riders have grown too tall or are unable to ride any longer and find driving a great way to continue to get out and about with their ponies Ponies are also competing successfully at dressage and competitive Long Distance Riding.
Exmoors have carved a niche for themselves as conservation grazers. Their excellent dental conformation makes them very neat grazers with a clean bite. They readily graze on tough herbage that other animals will not touch allowing more delicate plants space to grow.