Dartmoor pony - Marie-Louise Garratt

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Dartmoor pony - Marie-Louise Garratt

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TitleDartmoor pony

ArtistMarie-Louise Garratt

Size: 12" square, A4, A3, A2.

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Hippophagy

This work aims to address the question of the continued survival of ponies on the rugged landscape of Dartmoor. The first written record of ponies on Dartmoor occurs in 1012, with a reference to ‘wild horses’. During the mid-1800s Dartmoor was the main source of granite in Britain, and ponies were used during this time as a means of transporting goods. Come the twenty-first century, the pony continues to be used, mainly for recreational pursuits, for locals and visitors. 

Each year the ponies, owned by local farmers on Dartmoor, are rounded up and sorted for several purposes, including; riding, farming, transport and more recently, they have entered the human food chain. Dartmoor Conservation Meat, an organisation whose aims ultimately are to conserve the ponies, is creating a market for Dartmoor pony meat around Devon. By eliminating a specific age group it promises to maintain a stable population. This issue raises ethical dilemmas and forces us to question whether we have the right to kill and eat healthy animals, especially those that thrive within a semi-wild landscape?