Dartmoor ponies used as conservation machines

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A total of 19 Dartmoor horses have been released on to Holt Lowes in north Norfolk and have become the latest members of Norfolk Wildlife Trust's (NWT) 129-strong "munch bunch".

The mares, fillies and geldings are being used as conservation grazing machines to add to the strong group of Dartmoors and Koniks that are already in place along Holt Lowes.

NWT grazing officer Lucy Wilshaw told Horse and Hound Dartmoors are really good at heathland and mire management as they eat all the heath back first and then move on to eat rushes and sedges in boggy patches.

"It's important we can handle the ponies safely when checked over by the vet and farrier every six months, but they must not be so tame that they get too close to the public," she continued.

In November, four wild Konik ponies were released on to fields in an RSPB nature reserve in Yorkshire to help with conservation.

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