Ceffylau Gwyllt. Equus ferus
Today, wild horses are very scarce. Przewalski’s horse, a true wild species, is endangered and became extinct in the wild before successful reintroductions in Mongolia. The Tarpan is a subspecies of wild horse that became extinct at the beginning of the last century. Britain’s native Exmoor pony is genetically very similar to the lost Tarpan. Herds of Exmoor ponies, a small, dark-brown breed with lighter hair around the eyes, muzzle, flank and belly, freely roam the hilly moorland of Exmoor in Devon and Somerset. Every spring brings new foals to Exmoor who spend the summer running with their dams (mothers) and putting on fat for winter.
The grazing habits of horses help maintain a mosaic of habitats, including open spaces and forested areas. Light-demanding shrub and tree species, like oak and hazel, can establish in thinned out wooded areas, whereas their growth suffers in dense thickets where they are outcompeted for light. We hope to see the positive effects of grazing at Cambrian Wildwood, where we have a small herd of Konik horses. Originally from Poland, they have distinctive smoky dun coats, dark legs and manes, and a stripe down their back. They are admirable for their resilience and intelligence and they are hardy and adaptable.
Status at Cambrian Wildwood: Small herd of Konik horses present.