Join Dartmoor's Daughter and Natalie Torr from the Dartmoor Pony Training Centre (DPTC) to walk with ponies that lived wild as foals on the moor and are now living happily alongside humans.
We will teach you how to connect with and lead your pony using natural horsemanship and their 'language.' This creates a relationship based on trust and cooperation rather than dominance. You will be paired with a pony that suits your ability with no experience is necessary. Often working with ponies in this way can be really enlightening and they offer us learning opportunities to become more grounded, clear and present. On the walk it's possible we will meet and interact with wild pony herds on the moor.
50% of funds raised through this event will go to DPTC. The DPTC is a community interest company (CIC) set up initially to re-home unwanted Dartmoor hill ponies and to teach people to train them using ethical training techniques. More infomation on their great work can be found here https://www.facebook.com/DPTCponies/ And if you wish to donate directly, please click on paypal here http://www.dptc.org.uk
What to bring: Plenty of warm layers, waterproof jacket & trousers (no matter the weather forecast), sturdy and waterproof boots, something to sit on eg: sitmat, drinks and snacks. You are welcome to bring carrots and apples to be left behind for the ponies after our walk. The ponies are not hand-fed.
Directions to Meeting point at Buckland fields:
*From Ashburton, take North Street (the road with the CoOp supermarket) and follow it through the town and over a small bridge that takes you on a left hand bend. Carry on up the hill, out of Ashburton for approximately 3 miles when you will arrive at Buckland in the Moor. Carry on past the sign on the left saying 'Welcome to Buckland', and Buckland Fields are the next drive on the right saying 'Beacon Cottages'. Take the left fork of this drive (wheelie bins in front of you) and carry on up a slight hill. Buckland Fields are through the wooden gate (with a red rope around) on the left - drive into the grassy field and park. Please leave the gate as you find it. We will be there to meet you!
(Please don't park in any other part of the driveway, other than through the field gate. We do not own this and neighbours will ask us to move cars that are parked on their land.)
Parking is limited so carsharing is encouraged please.
Level: 2 out of 5 - the pace will be slow but you need to be prepared to be walking out on the open moorland with some up and down hill and the occasional path.
Cost: £20 per adult and children 14+ years. £15 for younger children. Maximum group size is 8. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Click on this Eventbrite link to book: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dartmoor-ponies-walk-tickets-32154730665
Cancellation policy: This event will take place come rain or shine. Sorry no refunds offered if you are unable to attend.