Visitors to Dartmoor are often amazed by the ponies roaming at will over the Moor. “Are the ponies wild?” they ask. No, and if you get close enough to them, and it is possible to get close because some of the ponies have been tamed by tourists feeding them, you can often see a brand on the pony’s flank.

A brand on the rump. “H” for Hunter ? The brand signifies ownership, ownership by one of the hill farmers on the Moor who are Commoners so have grazing rights for sheep, cattle and ponies on the Common – rather in the manner people used to have rights to graze sheep and geese on the village Common.

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