Litcham Common

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SIMON (dark bay)

LUCKY (bright bay)

GEORGE (iron grey)

FREEDOM (light grey)

The Dartmoor is a hardy breed of pony well able to withstand inclement weather, and also to survive on the relatively poor quality vegetation found on the Common. They lose a bit of weight over the winter months, but this is natural and to be expected – they then feed well over the summer and build up their reserves again. However tempting it may be, please resist the temptation to try to touch or feed the ponies. They are not tame animals and could become a nuisance if they start to associate people walking on the Common with food. Also, their job is to eat the vegetation that’s already there!

P L E A S E    R E M E M B E R

  Do not attempt to touch or feed the animals   ◈

    Keep dogs under  close control at all times    ◈

A small number of volunteers check the animals on a regular basis and help in other ways, and thanks go to Di, Cathy, Pat, Richard, Juliet, Victoria, Pam, John, Sarah and Tim, for their commitment and time spent doing this. Without them, and the support and interest shown by other people who use and enjoy the common, this whole project would not be possible. We are keen to have as many people involved as possible so if you might like to join the rota to check the ponies please call Tim Angell on 01328 700045 who can explain what is involved.

In the case of an emergency please call Tim on 01328 700 045

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An article in the Spring 2012 edition of Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Tern magazine explains

the benefits of conservation grazing by ponies. Click here to view it.



If you would like further information, or have any questions or comments please contact :

Tim Angell (Litcham Common Management Committee): 01328 700045

 

THE PONIES

George, Simon, Freedom and Lucky quickly became popular attractions on the common following their arrival in June 2008. Sadly Lucky is no longer with us and we are currently considering obtaining one or perhaps two new ponies so that we have the right number for the amount of grazing on the common. The animals are regularly rounded up so that we can inspect them and a farrier can clip their hooves to the required length. This is something we need to get done every few months, because the soft ground means that the hooves do not wear and chip enough naturally. Looking at photos it is interesting to see how the animals have changed over time. Freedom and George certainly look a lot more grey since they first joined us (as do one or two of our volunteers!)


THE PONIES IN 2008

AND TODAY