The free living ponies on Exmoor are completely unique to the area, carefully bred and even DNA tested to ensure that the bloodlines remain pure. This is why their colouring and build is so similar across the breed, unlike the ponies of Dartmoor and the New Forest.
There are 20 herds today, running on 20 separate commons within the National Park.
Locations are The Chains, Brendon, Barbrook, Countisbury, Exe plain, County Gate, Simonsbath area, Molland, Sandyway, Withypool, Winsford Hill, Dunkery Gate , Cloutsham, Webbers Post,Haddon Hill and North Hill above Minehead. So you are never far from a herd on Exmoor!
Some ponies are tamer than others but it is really important to keep a safe distance away, especially if they have foals with them as they can be very protective. We don’t want them to become too used to humans as they are then more vulnerable to injury with traffic etc.