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ISBN: 9780857043184
AUTHOR: Dawn Westcott
Wild Herd Whispering
Wild Herd Whispering
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Wild Herd Whispering is about the incredible Exmoor ponies as they reveal their true natures through the world of herd energy and dynamics.

Starting with the dramatic winter arrival from the moor of a tiny five week old wild-born foal who faces the bleakest future, it is the big herd at Holt Ball Farm that decides how she will survive and thrive.

The book follows the adventures of the ponies, revealing characters and behaviours that take you on a heart-rending, thought-provoking and enriching journey of equine enlightenment.

This is an opportunity to catch up with adorable orphan Monsieur Chapeau and his friends and majestic stallion Bear, as their lives evolve and entwine with the wild herds of Exmoor.

It follows the endearing, exciting and at times perilous experiences of the ponies – including unwelcome night time adventures, the quest to find foals lost in the wilderness and an entire moorland herd in jeopardy.

With an expanding herd and challenges to face, author Dawn Westcott looks to the ponies themselves for help and inspiration: they in turn respond in a way that offers magical insights into what is going on in their hearts and minds.

This book is an invaluable reference for people interested in better understanding and winning the trust and friendship of ponies. It also highlights the challenges of safeguarding the endangered Exmoor ponies of Exmoor National Park.

Dawn Westcott and her husband Nick own Holtball Herd 11 Exmoor ponies, which is one of three herds originally founded by Nick’s great grandfather, A G Westcott and his two brothers early in the 20th century.

The ‘Porlock Westcotts’ have been living and farming in the Exmoor parishes for over 500 years. In 2013, Nick and Dawn established the Moorland Exmoor Foal Project to help moorbred Exmoor foals find good opportunities. In early 2014, they co-founded the Moorland Exmoor Pony Breeders Group (MEPBG) with fellow farmers and land owners, to further improve management, opportunities and promotion of the ponies and safeguard their genetics. With an expanding herd and commitments, the foal project has now become ‘The Exmoor Pony Project’.

Dawn is also a Reiki Master and portrait artist and prior to moving to Exmoor worked in glossy magazine publishing in London. Dawn has written two equestrian best-sellers – Wild Pony Whispering is the real-life story of orphaned, starving wild-born foal Monsieur Chapeau and Wild Stallion Whispering is the reallife story of stallion Bear and his amazing journey from unwanted moorbred foal to twice world champion in horse agility.

Dawn’s books enable people to connect with the iconic – and endangered – Exmoor pony breed and gain fascinating insights into the nature of horses. More information at www.WildPonyWhispering.co.uk.

Imprint: Halsgrove. ISBN 978 0 85704 318 4, hardback, 214x230mm, 144 pages. Published October 2017.

The Exmoor Pony ChroniclesThe Exmoor Pony Chronicles - £24.99
Sue Baker has spent many years searching through long-forgotten documents and photographs and listening to the stories passed down through Exmoor families. Her ‘prospecting’ has resulted in this intimate portrayal of the ponies and the community of people who over the years have ensured their well-being.
Wild Pony WhisperingWild Pony Whispering - £14.99
This is Dawn Westcott's real-life story of Monsieur Chapeau, a wild, orphaned Exmoor pony foal found severely malnourished with pneumonia on the moors of Exmoor and how he survived and thrived beyond all expectations – bringing with him the secrets of how to create a bond of trust and friendship with the wild Exmoor ponies.
Exmoor Ponies - Survival of the FittestExmoor Ponies - Survival of the Fittest - £19.99
Exmoor Ponies: Survival of the Fittest tells the story of a truly remarkable survivor. This second edition has been updated with new photographs wherever possible and includes a fresh look at the Exmoor herds today, the genetic status of the breed and the challenges of the future.
Spirit of the Fell PonySpirit of the Fell Pony - £4.99
This book celebrates these endearing and popular animals through the superb photography of Fleur Hallam. It will be a treasured memento for all those who have a passion for ponies.
The Spirit of the Exmoor PonyThe Spirit of the Exmoor Pony - £4.99
Renowned photographers Lisa and Shanan Leigh have captured these fascinating animals at all times and seasons, from the annual gathering, through the sometimes harsh winters, to foaling in the summer, to show the Exmoor pony at its true and spirited best.
Spirit of Dartmoor PoniesSpirit of Dartmoor Ponies - £4.99
With over sixty fascinating and heart-warming images, Spirit of Dartmoor Ponies by the Dartmoor Pony Society captures the essence of these beautiful creatures, the living heart of the Dartmoor landscape.
Spirit of the Welsh Mountain PonySpirit of the Welsh Mountain Pony - £4.99
Photographer Fleur Hallam has captured these beautiful ponies in their homeland, from the mountains and the lowlands of Wales, through to the grace of the ponies on the show field, showing the Welsh Mountain pony at its hardy and spirited best.
Spirit of the Dales PonySpirit of the Dales Pony - £4.99
A native of the eastern Pennines, the Dales has always been a strong, hardy and stylish pony, suitable for all the family. With over sixty fascinating and heart-warming images, Spirit of the Dales Pony captures the essence of these beautiful creatures.
Spirit of the Shetland PonySpirit of the Shetland Pony - £4.99
With over sixty fascinating and heart-warming images by accomplished rural photographer Heidi Sands, Spirit of the Shetland Pony captures the essence of these beautiful creatures.
Spirit of the Highland PonySpirit of the Highland Pony - £4.99
Heidi Sands has captured the essence of the Highland Pony on film with her beautiful photographs, depicting them in their natural environment at work and at play.
Web Price: £14.99
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