The Heritage Exmoor Pony Register has been established to list and keep track of quality Exmoor ponies who have been excluded from the Exmoor Pony Stud Book, often through no fault of their own. The register also lists and tracks Exmoor ponies who are not given appropriate recognition and status through being failed at foal inspection for minor cosmetic reasons which have no bearing on their quality as an Exmoor pony, such as a small pale patch on the sole of a foot.
The aim is to try to stem the 'genetic wastage' and loss from the endangered breed pool, useful purebred Exmoor pony genetics. The MEPBG is working to encourage the formation of a supplement and upgrading system within the Exmoor Pony Stud Book, to offer a route back into the breeding gene pool for quality purebred Exmoor ponies.
The Heritage Exmoor Pony Register also lists Pedigree Exmoor ponies. If you would like your Exmoor ponies to be listed in the register please contact the MEPBG at MoorlandExmoorGroup@hotmail.co.uk.
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MEPBG letter to the Exmoor Pony Society 4 May 2017:
Dear Mr Brewer
Re: EPS rule change to cease picking up feet during foal inspections
The MEPBG is delighted to hear that the members voted at yesterday's AGM that the feet of foals will no longer be picked up during EPS inspections.
"This is a major step forward in both pony welfare and in stemming the exclusion of important genetics from the stud book and breeding gene pool, through no longer rejecting ponies for the colour of sole plates. It also vastly reduces the risk of damage and injury to both handlers and ponies.
"It would be good to address the issue of retrospective inclusion of Exmoor ponies previously 'failed' for the colour of sole plates, as there is a significant number of quality ponies, both on and off the moor, that can now be upgraded to pedigree status. Both with regard to the breeding herds and also in enabling ponies to take part in affiliated showing classes.
"We understand the trustees are discussing this at their forthcoming meeting in June and we look forward to hearing how the upgrading will be progressed.
Regards Nick Westcott MEPBG Chairman Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group (MEPBG)