Dartmoor ponies can be adopted as Christmas presents from a charity which is working to ensure conservation of the breed.
The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust (DPHT) runs the adoption scheme as part of its work to make sure the traditional Dartmoor pony does not disappear. The ponies, which are single-coloured with long manes and tails, still run wild and free on Dartmoor, but their numbers are in serious decline.
The charity hopes people will choose an adoption as a Christmas present for people who love horses, but who are unable to keep one. A spokesman for DPHT said: “By buying an adoption, you will be funding the DPHT’s work to support the ponies on Dartmoor, to ensure they can continue to thrive as a vital part of the preservation of the Moor and its heritage. Your support will help to ensure the continuation of the native Dartmoor pony gene pool and the preservation of our iconic pony on the Moor, for future generations to enjoy.”
For UK residents, adoption costs £20 per year. The adoption pack includes a line drawing and an adoption certificate. Adoptees receive updates on the development and progress of their pony over the year.
The charity is staging a free Meet The Ponies event on December 27 between 11am and 1pm at the DPHT headquarters at Parke, in Bovey Tracey. To book, call 01626 833234 and to adopt a pony visit www.dpht.co.uk.