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These wild ponies evolved to withstand moorish winters

Exmoor ponies, like all horses on earth, descend from the "Dawn Horse," who lived 50 million years ago in Northern Wyoming (USA). Over the millenia, as climate and the environment changed, ancestors of these hardy ponies migrated across the Bering land bridge in a westerly direction (as did ancient camels, who also originated in America). Sue Baker, Exmoor Ponies Survival of the Fittest, p.11 (2008). They arrived in Great Britain in 700,000 B.C., where evolution provided them with strong stocky bodies and dense bones so they could survive frigid winters and powerful winds whipping across the moors. If you look at my picture at its highest resolution, you will see that each of them has been branded with a four-point star on its near left shoulder. Wikipedia. This practice has existed for a century or more in order to keep track of what may be an endangered species, but it is criticized and considered to be controversial. Adrian Tierney-Jones, Exmoor Ponies at centre of controversial branding issue (The Telegraph, 2009).

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Burbank, CA, United States

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  • Uploaded on November 9, 2010
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    by Laura Ruth
    • Camera: SONY DSC-W5
    • Taken on 2009/09/09 05:22:14
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    • F/Stop: f/5.200
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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