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Konik Pony

One of the resident Konik ponies on the Ashdown Forest in the golden hour on Monday afternoon. This one was by the dragonfly ponds.

 

These wild horses originate from Poland, bred from the original now extinct wild horses of Europe known as Tarpan. Konik ponies show numerous primitive features, associated with their ancestor, the Tarpan. They are resistant to harsh climates and severe weather conditions, hence their extensive range. As they are adapted to foraging in the wild, they can live on a limited amount of food and have an extremely resilient immune system. They are very intelligent, allowing them to adapt their diet according to season and food availability. They also have the ability to delay their growth in times of food shortage.

 

Source: Sussex Wildlife Trust

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Taken on February 13, 2017