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By: Catie Leary on July 5, 2016, 7:02 a.m.
Feral Dartmoor ponies

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Dartmoor ponies

Dartmoor ponies are named for the protected English moorland in which they reside. Characterized by their short yet broad stature, these ponies are known for being exceptionally hardy. Their strength and stamina gives them a leg up in the face of the extreme weather that is common to the moorland's climate.

Like many other wild and feral horses, these equines have declined greatly in population over the past century. According to the BBC, there used to be tens of thousands of free-roaming Dartmoor ponies in the moorland, but in the spring of 2004, the number stood at just a few hundred.