Once again we have to make a plea for people not to feed the ponies anything at all, not even carrots or apples. Dartmoor ponies thrive on a low nutrient diet of rough grazing, such as is found on the common. At the moment they are too fat and we need them to lose a bit of weight over the winter months. Too rich a diet can cause laminitis in ponies, which is an extremely painful and potentially crippling disease that can prove fatal. Three of our animals are at an age when they are more susceptible to laminitis and we know that people have been feeding them.
PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE PONIES ANYTHING!
Feeding the ponies could result in immense suffering.
Litcham Common Conservation Group
We are very grateful to Litcham Parish Council for a grant of £300, which will go towards the cost of the renewals of tools, insurance and other expenses.
The next conservation task will take place on Saturday 14th December starting at 10am and meeting in Litcham Common car park. Newcomers will be welcome and tools and protective gloves provided. Contact Tim Angell on 01328 700045 for more information.