Dartmoor ponies in crisis

At the annual auction sale at Tavistock today there were fewer animals for sale than ever before, and even fewer buyers.

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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.

Dartmoor pony sales begin today

Dartmoor ponies on Dartmoor, Devon. Credit: PA

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.

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