An eight-day march across Dartmoor has got underway in an effort to prevent ponies being bred for human consumption.
The organisers say they want to raise awareness of 'irresponsible breeding' programmes and have criticised conservation methods which encourage the slaughter of the animals.
Three pack ponies are taking part in the 164 mile walk from Dartmoor to Exmoor, carrying supplies for the trip:
A woman known as the Exmoor Pony whisperer is calling for more action to protect what is an endangered breed.
Dawn Westcott says anyone can learn the techniques she has developed to build a bond with these wild animals.
She told our reporter Bob Cruwys something of her methods.
Dawn runs The Moorland Exmoor Foal Project with her husband Nick and believes the techniques she's developed can help protect this endangered Exmoor icon.
Dartmoor's ponies are in crisis. At the annual auction sale at Tavistock today there were fewer animals for sale than ever before, and even fewer buyers.
The number of ponies on the moor is now just a twentieth of what it once was. As John Andrews reports, it's a threat to the ecology and economy of Dartmoor.
The first of the annual pony drift sales takes place today at Tavistock Livestock Centre. It's thought that there are a lower number of Dartmoor Ponies for sale than normal. Each year, ponies are rounded up by their owners and sold at a number of livestock markets.
There are calls for ponies on Bodmin Moor to be given some form of mark to help identify who owns them. It comes after dozens starved to death and others were put down due to poor health. This report contains an image that you might find upsetting.
A new scheme to tackle the problem of Dartmoor's overbreeding ponies begins today. World Horse Welfare is teaming up with The Friends of The Dartmoor Hill Pony and local vets to provide a group of 20 mares with a contraceptive injection.
The semi-feral ponies will be first rounded up into a holding area where they will be micro-chipped and also marked so that they are identifiable at a distance. They will then be given the injection, and four weeks later a second dose will be administered.