Area of zoo
Enclosure status
IUCN status
Least Concern
Scientific name
Equus ferus caballus

About our Dartmoor Ponies

We have two male Dartmoor ponies at Whipsnade, Thomas and Star. Star is a very gentle soul and absolutely loves a neck scratch, his lip curls up he likes it so much.  Thomas thinks he is the boss of the yard, (but really the small Shetland pony is!) he is a confident pony and loves playing chase with his best friend Star.

Dartmoor Ponies facts

  • Dartmoor ponies have been roaming their homeland of the Dartmoor hills for centuries. Archaeologists have found hoof prints in the area dating back around 3,500 years ago!
  • Dartmoor ponies have had lots of different jobs throughout their history. They have been used for carrying granite from quarries, helping farmers herd sheep, and even transporting the post!
Brown dartmoor pony
Brown Dartmoor pony grazing

What do Dartmoor Ponies look like?

Dartmoor ponies have quite a distinctive appearance which makes them easily recognisable. They are well known for their small stature and thick flowing mane and tails. Dartmoor ponies can have various coat colours, including bay, brown, black, grey, chestnut, and roan

What do Dartmoor Ponies eat?

Dartmoor ponies like to graze on grasses, heather, bracken and other low lying vegetation. These foods aren’t always particularly nutrient rich but their digestive system has adapted to extract all the goodness it needs from them.

Where are Dartmoor Ponies from?

As the name suggests, Dartmoor ponies come from the Dartmoor National Park in southwest England. They have lived there for centuries and have had a vital role in shaping the landscape and ecology of the area.

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