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Exmoor Pony Experience

  • Location Minehead
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Price from £30.00
  • Wildlife
  • Mindful escape
  • Adrenaline fix
  • Microadventure

Highlights

Meet the captivating Exmoor pony herd at Nick and Dawn Westcott's Exmoor farm, adjacent to the beautiful Dunkery Commons moorland, who feature in Dawn's Wild Pony Whispering books - including adorable Monsieur Chapeau who was rescued from the moor as an orphan foal.
Over thirty Exmoor ponies from a range of moorland herds live together naturally in a large herd and Dawn specialises in liberty connection, which includes the herd coming to her call. Exmoor ponies are one of Great Britain's oldest native pony breeds - and they are endangered. The Exmoor Pony Project helps to safeguard, find opportunities and promote better understanding and treatment of the ponies.
After a welcome and chat about Exmoor ponies - including how they’re equipped to survive the challenges of Exmoor and how this unique herd helps to support the project by producing Exmoor Compost for gardeners - Dawn will call the herd for you to meet the ponies. The pen panels will enable you to experience their captivating herd energy and interactions from a safe perspective. This is really like being amongst the herd and you'll discover the unique characteristics and personalities of Exmoor ponies close up. There will be time for you to watch and connect with the ponies, which many people find an enriching and enchanting experience.
We’ll have light refreshments including tea, coffee and cake. Personalised, signed copies of Dawn’s books (published in hardback: Wild Pony Whispering, Wild Stallion Whispering and Wild Herd Whispering) and bags of well-matured Exmoor Compost for the garden will be available to purchase.
A truly unique Exmoor Pony Experience on a working Exmoor farm. The Exmoor Pony Experience is helping to support the Exmoor Pony Project.

This adventure is perfect for individuals and small groups, and can be tailored for:

  • Charity fundraising
  • Corporates
  • Families
  • School groups

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Details

Day 1

You'll arrive at our working farm and park on the farm site. Nick and Dawn will meet you and take you to the welcome area where there'll be a chat about Exmoor ponies, before Dawn calls the herd and you can meet the ponies at close hand. We advise you to wear suitable, robust footwear for a farm visit, including waterproof clothing if it's raining, although there are under cover areas. Pen panels will separate you from the herd, allowing safe viewing. You will be walking about on the farm site and in the ponies migration areas, so although there is hard standing and bark chip areas, this is a real farm experience and there may be a bit of mud!

Effort Level

Relax and unwind whilst exploring the great outdoors

  • Chilled
  • Active
  • Tough

Inclusions

Not-provided Accommodation

There is plenty of local accommodation in Exmoor National Park. At certain times of the year, we may be able to provide a beautiful, tranquil setting for camper vans on the farm, on level ground with easy lane access to the A39. Please enquire.

    What's included

  • Food Light refreshments, usually cake and biscuits
  • Drink Tea, herbal tea, coffee, bottled water

    What you'll need

  • Warm Clothing Suitable casual clothing for a farm visit and whatever the weather gives us on the day
  • Waterproofs As needed on the day, although we have covered areas too
  • Food Any additional food you may need
  • Drink Any additional drinks you may need
  • Other Robust footwear suitable for a farm visit and walking about in areas that ponies migrate around on. Appropriate mask, etc, according to the current Covid rules, which we will update regularly as necessary.

Cancellations

Flexible Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the activity is scheduled to start.

Location

Minehead

Provider

Exmoor Pony Project

Exmoor Pony Project

Exmoor Pony Project is the experience provider for Exmoor Pony Experience