Jan Grant

Jan Grant

Posted on 08/20/2013


Photo taken on August 20, 2013


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UK
Horse
Pony
Birmingham
West Midlands
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Sutton Park
Sutton Coldfield
Wild Exmoor pony


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Wild beauty

Wild beauty
This glorious wild Exmoor pony lives near Bracebridge Pool in Sutton Park - just a short drive away from my home. She looks as if she's expecting a foal soon. I need to get back there and take some more pictures! She came to Little Bracebridge Pool with 14 other ponies, to have a drink. They are entrancing animals - took absolutely no notice of us.

Exmoor ponies were introduced to Sutton Park in July 1999 in an effort to maintain a heath and acid grassland habitat in the Bracebridge area, protecting it from birch and woodland encroachment. In other Exmoor pony trials, not only has the plant species composition been maintained, but birds (such as the nightjar on Skipwith Common, Yorkshire) and butterflies (such as the High Brown fritillary in Silverdale, Cumbria) have also benefitted. 'Before and after' effects have been and continue to be monitored in Sutton Park.

They are doing well and by the look of her, she's in excellent condition.


Low level grazing has been a feature of the park for centuries. It is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain the required 250 head of cattle needed to graze the park. A temporary solution would be to reduce the grazing rent for farmers but this would not be effective in the long-term as farmers simply do not have the beef cattle anymore. Exmoor ponies were chosen after alternatives of sheep, deer, donkeys and horses were ruled out from previous experiences in the park.

younger than yesterday, Clint Hudson, Blueman, Mitch Seaver and 6 other people have particularly liked this photo


26 comments - The latest ones
Juan
Juan
Excellent capture !!
3 years ago.
Juan
Juan
Fantastic composition !!
3 years ago.
Soeradjoen
Soeradjoen
Beautiful capture!
3 years ago.
Tim Hanko
Tim Hanko
Very nice, Jan. Beautiful horse.
3 years ago.
Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
Lovely image, jan and some fascinating info too.
Have a great weekend.
3 years ago.
Blueman
Blueman
A masterpiece !!!!!!!!!!!!!
3 years ago.
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Beautiful horse and a great shot, Jan.
3 years ago.
Loule
Loule
Il est superbe.
3 years ago.
Diana Australis
Diana Australis
She's a beauty...and she looks so healthy....lovely shot.
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3 years ago.
Lorraine ~ Kanga ~
Lorraine ~ Kanga ~
Lovely capture Jan, she looks in great condition nice shot.
Have a happy weekend. L.
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3 years ago.
John Varley
John Varley
Fabulous portrait Jan lovely light on this .
3 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Wonderful capture!
3 years ago.
Joan+
Joan+
So lovely, Jan

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3 years ago.
Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
Hope you're enjoying the Bank holiday, Jan and don't forget those muffins!
3 years ago.
Fantasyfan
Fantasyfan
I know next to nothing about ponies, but this seems quite friendly
3 years ago.
Heather Leslie Ross
Heather Leslie Ross
Very beautiful shot, she does indeed look in good condition.
3 years ago.
Lorraine ~ Kanga ~
Lorraine ~ Kanga ~
Having another look at this nice shot Jan,
Have a happy day. L.
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3 years ago.
Jan Grant
Jan Grant
Thank you everyone! I need to make a return visit very soon!
3 years ago.
Mitch Seaver
Mitch Seaver
Excellent!
3 years ago.
Phill G
Phill G
Lovely shot Jan. It's nice that Sutton Park is so well managed, and the inclusion of these ponies is a treat. I remember the cattle there, yonks ago, but haven't been there for a few years.
3 years ago.
Alphazeta
Alphazeta
Great angle Jan making this a super fine horse portrait :-)
3 years ago.
Blueman
Blueman
Beautiful photography!
3 years ago.
Janet Ulliott
Janet Ulliott
So Well Captured.....
Wishing You a Great Weekend.
3 years ago.
odell_rd
odell_rd
A lovely looking animal (and a half!). Sutton Park is a great place to have on the doorstep.
3 years ago.
Mike (Bogger3)
Mike (Bogger3)
Beautiful shot Jan, and thanks for your comments ;-)
3 years ago.
Clint Hudson
Clint Hudson
Lovely shot
3 years ago.