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    Default A 5 Year Old Dartmoor Hill Pony Takes a Drive

    What great training! Look at what all this pony encounters! So many things to be learned from the man who trains these horses to drive. Listen to what he says when they get to the slippery downhill road segment. And don't miss the very end of the video!


    http://youtu.be/qOV8mwk1cOE
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    I'd be scared witless astride!! Even if I do remember riding through a village with high walls, and being passed by a double decker bus.
    Some riders change their horse, they change their saddle, they change their teacher; they never change themselves.


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    Dang that's a lot of traffic. Eek!!! I wonder why the driver doesn't use a whip, he slaps the reins on the horses back to get him moving faster.
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    Aye, and he uses even more his voice. His voice is the key!
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    I love Barry, but I wish he would hold a whip (I hate seeing them being slapped with the lines) and he had a bit more contact, like 3-4 more inches.

    but that is just me.



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    I want that pony! MOM!!


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    Same guy has a video of a pair of little white fuzzballs called...Tripe & Onions!!! I am dying

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Zb6g9TIlCQ



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    Quote Originally Posted by Hippolyta View Post
    I want that pony! MOM!!
    Me too!



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    I love his videos. Good example of get out and show the horse as much as possible. I will never understand people who won't and then become afraid that poor muffin will react badly.



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    I'm sure his horses are very well trained. Knowing the traffic and the way people drive over here... it scares me to watch him driving on the main roads.

    Super cute pony though.
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    Sad thing is that the Dartmoor Hill Pony, bred on the open moor (from stock grazing on the commons) and NOT considered a purebred Dartmoor pony, sell for pence (literally 50p sometimes!) straight off the moor. Some are lovely animals, like this one. Glad it is doing a good job here.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Willesdon View Post
    Sad thing is that the Dartmoor Hill Pony, bred on the open moor (from stock grazing on the commons) and NOT considered a purebred Dartmoor pony, sell for pence (literally 50p sometimes!) straight off the moor. Some are lovely animals, like this one. Glad it is doing a good job here.
    They are nice ponies but they do sell for a tiny amount. Same with the Welsh ponies- there's too many of them being bred.
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    Weren't they doing a cull (or simply reduction) of the ones on the moor? Shot & sent to zoos? sad, but there are worse things.



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    There is an association http://www.dartmoorhillpony.com/ that is working hard to improve the ponies and deal with the problem of over production. The sad thing is that many of the herds are owned by Commoners who have farmed the land and raised the ponies for generations - so they are real Dartmoors - but they don't have the 'Dartmoor' breed papers. I believe the stud book no longer accepts ponies without traceable pedigrees.



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