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Very sad but understandable after reading this on Facebook......................Gareth from the National Trust sent me a message:
To maintain the chalk grassland in our care we have two herds of Exmoor ponies that have formed part of our conservation team for over 20 years. They graze grass, browse hawthorn berries, young trees and thistle buds to help manage overgrowth and increase the area's biodiversity.
Following the recommendation from our vet, we will sadly have to put down two ponies grazing on Bockell Hill at St Margaret's. Both are suffering with joint disease and have undergone six months of anti-inflammatory treatment which has not improved their condition. The ponies have lived a full life and will be missed by the team, the community and our visitors. The welfare of all the ponies in our care is of the utmost importance to us and our remaining herd will continue to have regular check-ups from the vet to make sure they are in good