Management of the Dartmoor Ponies of Dartmoor National Park, UK

In June 2015, ABA President Jill Pickering visited the Dartmoor National Park in the UK to learn how this wild herd is managed with the use of fertility control. What she discovered is that the ponies are important to the biodiversity of the National Park. Visit to Dartmoor National Park, 2015, Jill Pickering Continue reading

Wild Konik horses helping in conservation parks

Wild Konik horses have been brought to England to help manage vegetation growth in a nature reserve in Kent.   Wildwood Nature Reserve is 40 acres of woodland and home to over 200 native animals. The horses, originally from Poland display a range of characteristics of the primitive Tarpan horses, however, DNA evidence does not show a close relationship.  Koniks were previously established Holland as part of the Rewilding Europe program and some of these were brought to England by the Wildwood Trust. A grim part of the Konik horse story is their exploitation by the Nazi regime who sought to… Continue reading