Updated: Apr 15
In 2003 there were eight upland Fell pony herds of 10 or more ponies, we are now down to five upland herds who bred 4 foals or more in Cumbria last year.
Nobody should be able to extinguish common grazing rights like the Ministry of Defence did in 2002 compulsorily purchasing them from Hilton, Merton, and Warcop Commons. The Fell Pony Heritage Centre wants to be a resource and strong voice for the hill breeders.
High inhospitable moorland offers the Fell pony a unique sanctuary were the hill mares can produce quality foals full of hardiness and agility.
(Photo copyright to Fleur Hallam Photography)