The spirit of Dartmoor Dartmoor's most iconic resident, Dartmoor
Ponies are in need of our help
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How you can help You can help the ponies plight by
fundraising, volunteering and more
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The spirit of Dartmoor Dartmoor's most iconic resident, Dartmoor
Ponies are in need of our help
Find out more

Welcome to the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust

Helping to keep Dartmoor Ponies on the moor

The Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust’s mission is to secure the long-term future of the native Dartmoor Pony, while inspiring and connecting people with Dartmoor’s wildlife, landscape and heritage. We do this through education, as well as working closely with key partners, conservation bodies and Dartmoor farmers to secure the future of these beautiful animals and ensure their important role in Dartmoor’s ecology is recognised.

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When you make a donation with us, you play an incredibly valuable part in keeping these gorgeous animals on the moor. You support the dedicated farmers who care for them and our efforts to promote the Dartmoor Pony for conservation grazing, helping secure a long-term future for them.

How you can get involved

With the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust

FREE GUIDED WALKS

Our free guided walks showcase Dartmoor Ponies, wildlife and archaeology.

SCHOOLS & GROUPS

Our educational initiatives raise awareness of the ponies’ vital role in maintaining Dartmoor’s unique ecology.

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VOLUNTEER

From pony handling to IT support and fundraising, we’re always grateful for an extra pair of hands.

RAISING MONEY & SPONSOR

The DPHT relies entirely on donations and fundraising, so your support is vital to our cause.

FARMERS

The ponies we help are owned by our recognised pony keeper members, farmers working Dartmoor.

Conservation Work

The DPHT is a grazing tenant to the magnificent moorland area surrounding Bellever Tor. This enables us to manage and use a herd of ponies for conservation grazing, liaising with other conservation bodies like the National Trust and wildlife trusts to place ponies.

Supporting Farming

The majority of ponies we keep belong to our recognised Dartmoor Pony Keeper Members, hill farmers who own the breeding herds on the Dartmoor Commons. We help look after ponies to mature to a more valuable age, when they can be used for riding, driving or sold to conservation grazing sites.

Equine ASSISTED LEARNING

Our work with schools and education

PRIMARY SCHOOLS

We welcome primary school children to our site at Bellever to learn more about the Dartmoor Ponies.

SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Secondary school students can learn about the ponies and their impact on
the moorland’s ecology and history.

special educational needs

DPHT has a strong track record working with young people with challenging behaviour or disabilities.

More about us

From the heart of the moor