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Full Critique Dartmoor ponies

SharonH

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I met these beauties a couple of months ago in Yelverton. Bit scary as they are wild and big but they seemed nice enough lol In the first one, she could have turned the other way...rude! lol
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Full Critique - now where do we start? (Rubbing hands with glee!) :grin: Itd 3d Ani W60 Smiles 039

In the first you've chopped a pony in half BUT if you zoom into the rolling pony that would make a fabulous shot - they are so ungainly when they're upside down and you've captured that perfectly.

The second image is lovely and the third and fourth need cropping more in my opinion - perfect moment caught in the fourth shot and that's a pretty unusual position for any sort of equine.

Fifth, again more of a crop but not much this time and brightening up the shadows.

The last one is your best and is well composed and another time (if there is another time) it would be wonderful if her(?) face was in the sun.

Now some trivia.

Did you know they're an endangered species? If Wikipedia is to be believed there were 5,000 in 1900 and how there are just 300 registered ponies remaining. In 2004 there were 800 ponies on the moor. They're not quite wild as like Welsh ponies on the hills, the owners look after them and trim their feet about once a year and give them their vaccinations.

They're also my favourite sort of pony as they're so gentle with people and children.

The beige muzzle and size usually gives it away as being Dartmoor but the black ponies don't have the beige. My sister and I had Dartmoors shortly before our teen years and mine (Powderpuff) lived to 41 years old in the end. She had five foals and while I didn't ride for long, my sister moved from her original (Bonanza) to the foal my pony had when we owned her (Heather).
 

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Thank you for the reply and especially for the trivia :D
I will write all that down so I can remember it for editing and for the next time, there will be a next time, I'm just waiting for the right weather and a day when I don't have to take my dog with me (severe seperation anxiety!).
They're also my favourite sort of pony as they're so gentle with people and children.
So I don't have to be so frightened of them lol I am a complete wimp where horses are concerned, they're so big lol
 

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… So I don't have to be so frightened of them lol I am a complete wimp where horses are concerned, they're so big lol
I promise you, like snakes, they’re going to be more frightened of you than you are of them :) Horses and ponies act out of fright and rarely attack but run away if they sense danger. Cattle on the other hand …

These are Little, diddy wee ponies, not large, half ton horses! :grin:

I imagine they are fed by many strangers so if they come up to you it’ll be in the hope of food and not to eat you haha
 

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Loverly set Sharon ;)
 

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Hahaha, the closer they came the further I walked backwards lol
I will remember that next time though :)

Thank you Tony :)
 
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