Dartmoor pony by Al King

Our Charity Pledge

Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust

In our mission to support and raise awareness about Dartmoor’s natural environment, 5p from each bar of The Dartmoor Soap Company’s ® soap sold will be donated to Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust Registered Conservation & Educational Charity 1109196.

In addition £2 from each place booked on the DSC Soap School courses will also be donated – check out our soap making courses on Eventbrite

What is DPHT?

DPHT is committed to adding value to Dartmoor ponies as a way of ensuring the pony keepers have a secure and long-term marketplace for their annual foal crop. Handling the ponies has proved to be the most effective way of adding value. See pony handling and training.

Since 2009 The DPHT has worked with special needs students and young people using the Dartmoor Pony as a platform for learning and developing life skills. The programmes are tailored to individual needs and allow participants to to interact with a sensitive animal, creating a bond and gaining confidence to deal with new situations. The students also achieve new life skills that help them improve their personal development.

They undertake a wide range of education initiatives as another way to showcase the wonderful temperament and versatility of the  Dartmoor pony and raise awareness of the ponies’ vital role in maintaining the ecology of Dartmoor.

DPHT also liaises with conservation bodies like the National Trust and local Wildlife Trusts to place ponies for conservation grazing. This involves handling the ponies and training the wardens in pony care -they manage a 82-hectare site at Bellever, near Postbridge in the centre of Dartmoor.

DPHT is also an active member of the Pony Action Group, an association of organisations concerned for the welfare and future of the ponies on Dartmoor.

Visit: Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust

Photo credit: Dartmoor pony by Al King