The real-life story of a wild and tempestuous Exmoor colt foal who was rounded up from
his moorland home and – after being weaned and multiple hot branded – found himself
unwanted and facing a bleak future.
He was offered a lifeline by Dawn who faced the
formidable challenge of taming him.
This is the story of how ‘Bear’ becomes a magnificent
registered stallion – taking the showing world by storm, winning two world championships
in horse agility – and how he conquers his fears and learns to build a bond of trust
The book is a candid account of the highs and lows of their journey – how they both
strive to learn and find the resilience to overcome adversity to succeed – with amusing anecdotes
throughout. It offers fascinating insights into the characters and behaviours of
stallions, the wild Exmoor ponies of Exmoor National Park and their quest for survival.
There are invaluable tips for empathetic trust-based horse handling – including backing to
saddle – with a practical section detailing the Core Connection Warm-up Exercises that
Dawn uses to establish the foundation skills for liberty, agility and ridden work.
explores riding bitless and the ethics of competition. It will appeal to people interested in
better understanding the equine mind and developing trust and connection with any horse
Most of all, it is the captivating story of a charismatic wild-born Exmoor stallion
that will resonate with anyone who loves horses.
Dawn Westcott is the author of best-selling Wild Pony Whispering which tells
the heart-rending story of rescued orphaned wild foal Monsieur Chapeau who
highlights the plight of the moorland Exmoor ponies. After a career in glossy
magazine publishing in London, a move to the West Country re-ignited Dawn’s
childhood passion for the wild ponies of Exmoor and, after marrying Exmoor
farmer Nick Westcott in 2008, the couple re-established the family’s ancient
Herd 11, one of the three herds originally founded by Nick’s great-grandfather
and his two brothers early in the twentieth century.
The Westcott family have
lived and farmed on Exmoor for over 500 years. The couple are co-founders of the Moorland Exmoor Foal
Project and the Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group. Along with pony training, writing and being a
farmer’s wife, Dawn is a portrait artist and Reiki Master.
Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 293 4, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published August 2016.