Wild Exmoor Pony Brought Back From The Brink Of Death By English “Horse Whisperer”

Starving, all alone, and on the brink of death — this wild Exmoor pony didn’t stand a chance by himself.


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The four-month-old beauty was stranded in a steep, wooded valley, and had become so weak that he couldn’t stand up without help.


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But his weakness became the very reason for his survival. Too tired to flee, he was rescued by local “pony whisperer” Dawn Westcott, an expert on Exmoor ponies.


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Even as the vet told her it might already be too late, Westcott worked tirelessly to create a bond of trust and friendship between her and the distressed animal.


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The 50-year-old told The Daily Mail: “On that first day, he sniffed up my nose. Ponies greet each other by putting their nostrils close to each other, gently breathing and exchanging air, and can tell if other ponies are friendly or not. He wanted that connection with me.”


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“I try to listen to the ponies and have a two-way communication, not just tame ponies by telling them what to do. It’s all about ‘going softer’ — listening to each other and having mutual understanding.”


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“A suppression of human ego, and striving to empathise with the horse.”


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And it worked. “Monsieur Chapeau” as the pony has been named, is now a picture of health.


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And he’s made friends with some 25 other Exmoor ponies on Westcott’s farm.


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Westcott runs the Moorland Exmoor Foal Project, which safeguards this ancient breed of horse. You can find out more about this amazing organization by visiting the website.


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