FAQs about Exmoor Ponies

How much weight can an Exmoor carry?

Larger ponies can generally carry up to about 12 stone quite comfortably. Even the smaller ones are capable of carrying a medium sized adult.

Can I trim or clip my pony?

Many people clip their ponies if working them in the winter, as it is more comfortable for the pony (and easier for the owner). Clipped ponies will need a rug.

Ponies that are to be shown in ridden or driving classes may be clipped except for the legs. Clipped ponies may NOT be shown in in hand classes until the clip has completely grown out.

Ponies should not be trimmed at all, no pulling of manes or tails, no tidying of jawline ears, or feathers.
Ponies should be shown in a natural state so no plaiting.

How much feed does my pony need?

If not in work, grass (limited in summer) or up to about 2.5kgs hay in winter when grazing is poor. Haylage can be a little too rich for them.

In work, they generally need less than many other breeds. A feed specially designed for “good doers” or native horses/ponies is the best choice.

How can I tell if a pony is registered?

All registered ponies born before 2003 are branded with either the society star and breeders number on the left shoulder and an individual number on the left hindquarter or the society star on the shoulder and an symbol (representing the herd number) and an individual number on the left hindquarter.

Ponies born between 2003 and 2010 may be identified as above OR with a microchip implanted in the neck muscle. In 2009, the micro-chipping of equines became mandatory for all horses and ponies applying for a passport and most in-ground breeders chose to microchip their ponies only.

In 2010, ponies that were to be branded at the request of the owner were no longer branded with the society star and were identified through the herd number or symbol and the individual number only.
From 2012 onwards, only those ponies remaining as part of the free-living breeding herds on Exmoor have been identified through branding all other ponies are micro-chipped only.

It is a legal requirement that every pony that in born in-ground or leaves their home farm on Exmoor must have a passport. The passport provides their identity and their registration number. If in doubt contact the secretary on 01643 851777 or email secretary@exmoorponysociety.org.uk.

Where can I buy an Exmoor pony?

There are no public sales or auctions of ponies.

There is a sales list on this website and a list of moorland breeders who will have foals for sale in the autumn can be obtained from the secretary secretary@exmoorponysociety.org.uk.

Area representatives and the secretary may know of ponies for sale that are not advertised on the sales list.

Where can I find the moorland ponies?

We’ve created a map that shows the moorland pony herds. You can also find the printed map in various locations around Exmoor.

Download map.