Exmoor Ponies in the Rain

I will tell you a wonderfull story of our last day in Exmoor National Park.
As I said it was the last day in the first days of September before heading back to Germany…
The weather forecast was really bad. Cloudy and rainy. We decided to go one more time to look at the herd, me and my group of photographers followed the last days. Not for making photos only to say goodbye to them. It didn´t take a long time to find them, because we know were they are yesterday. Because of the bad weather we mentioned that they do not have done so much wandering in the night. So it was. Unfortunately we found them it began to rain. The herd were heading in direction to the coastline and we followed them. Then it begins to be excited… The Ponies went into a forest with a lot of fern and began to eat this. The conditions for making photos are the worst. No light / brightness and rain 🙂. Doesn’t matter we followed them… And then the ponies let us near to them they never did before. Saying to us: Come on human, come with us in the forest there is not so heavy rain. My serial of photos shows some of my favorites photos ever that I have done from the exmoor ponies. Never thought that on this rainy day I would make nearly 1000 photos. Enjoy!
Yours Martin Buschmann
P.S. Next year we will come back. Thank you to the wild animals and the friendly people of Porlock.

Wild Herd Whispering: New book out about Exmoor Ponies

The latest book in Dawn Westcott’s series about Exmoor Ponies is now available, just in time for Christmas!

Wild Herd Whispering is about the incredible Exmoor ponies as they reveal their true natures through the world of herd energy and dynamics.

“Starting with the dramatic winter arrival from the moor of a tiny five week old wild-born foal who faces the bleakest future, it is the big herd at Holt Ball Farm that decides how she will survive and thrive. The book follows the adventures of the ponies, revealing characters and behaviours that take you on a heart-rending, thought-provoking and enriching journey of equine enlightenment. This is an opportunity to catch up with adorable orphan Monsieur Chapeau and his friends and majestic stallion Bear, as their lives evolve and entwine with the wild herds of Exmoor. It follows the endearing, exciting and at times perilous experiences of the ponies – including unwelcome night time adventures, the quest to find foals lost in the wilderness and an entire moorland herd in jeopardy. With an expanding herd and challenges to face, author Dawn Westcott looks to the ponies themselves for help and inspiration: they in turn respond in a way that offers magical insights into what is going on in their hearts and minds.
This book is an invaluable reference for people interested in better understanding and winning the trust and friendship of ponies. It also highlights the challenges of safeguarding the endangered Exmoor ponies of Exmoor National Park.”

You can order your copy here: Wild Herd Whispering: How the enigmatic Exmoor ponies reveal what is in their hearts and minds

The first two volumes in the series are:
     

 

Exmoor Stories: A little bit of magic

I went to Lanacre with my 3 year old. I told him to sit quietly and just watch the ponies. Soon this foal’s gentle curiosity got the better of him as he approached this little human and literally softly brushed against his head. It was pretty special and my little boy giggled with delight. Of course I was very close by my little boy and watching the foal very carefully..but this little foal was just curious about a child..that was clear. As soon as I moved it was off in a flash back to Mum’s side.

Lindsey McDonnell

Saturday Collection: #WeLoveExmoor

In addition to our Exmoor4all Facebook page we also have a FB group which we use to run photo competitions.  Fortunately many of the photographers who share their stunning photos with us continue to post in this group even after the competition has long finished.  Here are the images which were posted in the past ten days:

RUNNING WILD PHOTO EXHIBITION

27 MAY – 1 SEPTEMBER, 2017:

Dunster Visitor Centre
Dunster Steep, TA24 6SE
Open Mon-Sun 10 am – 5 pm

Opening night: 26 May 5-7 pm, fund-raising event for the Exmoor Pony Centre and the Exmoor Pony Project – open for all

1 SEPTEMBER – 31 OCTOBER, 2017:

Lynmouth National Park Centre
The Esplanade, Lynmouth, EX35 6EQ

13 NOVEMBER – 24 DECEMBER, 2017:
Toucan
3 The Parade, Minehead, TA24 5NL

THE EXHIBITION:

The initial idea behind the Running Wild exhibition was a desire to create pictures of the wild Exmoor ponies that would challenge the traditional imagery seen of these iconic animals. The curator, photographer Nina Dodd brought together nine Exmoor-based photographers and asked them to create images of the ponies over a period of six months in 2016-17. The result is an engaging collection of images, presented in a multiple of genres and post-processing styles. A show of taking on a traditional topic and running wild with it.

OPENING NIGHT:

Opening night on the 26th of May 5-7 pm at Dunster Visitor Centre is also a fund-raising event for the Exmoor Pony Centre and the Exmoor Pony Project and is open for all.

PHOTOGRAPHERS:

Geoff Baylis

Photographer, Picture framer

www.gbphotosandframing.co.uk

Alex Dodd

Creative Media student

alexdoddfilms@gmail.com

Nina Dodd

Photographer

www.ninadodd.com

Gaynor Gough

Photographer

www.photographybygmg.weebly.com

Laura Grant

Artist, Photographer

www.grantcreativearts.com

Paula Kirby

Photographer

www.pkpicsphotography.co.uk

Jack Mccausland

Visual Media student

www.jackmccausland.co.uk

Stuart Warstat

Photographer

www.stuartwarstatphotography.co.uk

Dawn Westcott

www.wildponywhispering.co.uk

Photo by Paula Kirby