MOOR Pony Resources, a new charity based in Totnes, has been awarded money from the Big Lottery Fund.
The charity aims to provide support and personal development opportunities for young and vulnerable people through equine-based activities.
It will work in partnership with local organisations and individuals including those concerned with the welfare of the Dartmoor hill pony and equine therapists in order to provide information and advice about the development and delivery of various programmes.
The £10,000 grant came from the Big Lottery Fund's Awards for All programme.
Charity founder Kate Legum said: "Without the generosity of local trusts and businesses, the support of local organisations and the many hours of volunteered time given by members of the local community, we would never have made it this far.
"We are looking forward to continuing to work in partnership with the corporate, voluntary and public sectors to be able to deliver programmes that foster the potential of both vulnerable young people and ponies alike."
Big Lottery Fund spokesman Dan Paskins said: "This funding will help deliver learning sessions with ponies for young people with complex and special educational needs.
"This will enable the young people to develop social and life skills to improve their confidence."